Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

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Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

Post by Fortyeightvows » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:45 pm

If we are to become seroius buddhist practicioners, at some point, we must attempt to rid ourselves of these likes and dislikes.
attachment, aversion, amitabha
no preferance and one taste.
this is taught both among the ordained and is also taught in the practice of tsog.

a great buddhist teacher, cites an ancient buddhist text and even now the teaching is being discussed. i could be off the mark but it seems like alot of attachment comes up.
the whole things seems like a sort teaching to me.

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Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

Post by seeker242 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:34 am

Simon E. wrote:Well said.. :namaste:
Well said but not actually followed...
One should not kill any living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite any other to kill. Do never injure any being, whether strong or weak, in this entire universe!

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Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

Post by dzogchungpa » Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:12 am

The five pungent plants are really terrible, aren't they?
There is not only nothingness because there is always, and always can manifest. - Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

Post by Zhen Li » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:29 am

It probably doesn't need to be the priority of one's practice, but it is worth admitting that they may not be the best. I don't abstain from them personally because it's just far too inconvenient, and I haven't taken the Bodhisattva precepts, but I can notice a difference when I'm living long term in the monastery. They choose the food very carefully.

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Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

Post by seeker242 » Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:22 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:The five pungent plants are really terrible, aren't they?
Some people consider breaking precepts to be terrible yes. :smile:
One should not kill any living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite any other to kill. Do never injure any being, whether strong or weak, in this entire universe!

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Re: Master Hsuan Hua on garlic, onions, etc.

Post by Dharmasherab » Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:56 pm

There is a balance of subtle energy between the body and mind in normal individuals. As meditators, we want to shift this subtle energy more into the mind from the body (this is achieved by meditation and yoga). Eating garlic and onions cause the subtle energies of the mind to drain into the body and towards the lower parts of the body (such as the genitals). This means we have less subtle energy in the mind.

Eating plants like these cause people to be excitable (usually in a sexual manner). Because it drains energy from the mind, the mind goes into dull states during meditation.

Best to avoid all these types of foods such as garlic and onion. Things like tea, coffee, alcohol, and chocolate have the same effect so its good if they are avoided too.

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