ngodrup wrote:I heard one Geshe say that garlic is offensive on the basis of smell,
and no other reason.
I can't speak for Gelug view but I have heard both Kagyu and Nyingma Lamas mention that garlic
reduces the power and effectiveness of mantra practice.
I've never heard that this is universally true regardless of circumstances. In fact, when I first received the inner tantric samayas, I misunderstood something I read in a text and thought that as an inner tantric practitioner I too had to abstain from garlic
, onions, etc, but my Nyingma root lamas assured me that that is only a samaya of outer tantra practitioners. On the other hand, in at least one instance at a different time, they did
mention that foods with garlic
and other pungent and spicy ingredients can agitate the winds and so it can be helpful for relative beginners at inner tantra to eat more calming-type foods (particularly while on retreat) until they gain more experience and stability.
So I have a hard time believing that these foods magically diminish mantra recitation point blank, but that there could
be the potential for them to cause agitation that would be less than ideal. For inner tantric practitioners, I think it depends on one's constitution, one's baseline state of health, how stressed one is, whether one is accustomed to eating spicy or pungent food, and the degree of strength in one's practice. Other than that, I can see how doing practices involving offerings to worldly beings - say sang or chod or something - while giving off odors that disturb those guests would be problematic.