What Do Buddhist Monks Eat?

Why do Buddhist monks follow a vegetable-based diet?

According to Buddhist philosophy, all sentient (living) beings have the possibility of attaining enlightenment.

In line with this doctrine, the use of meat, fish, or insects is prohibited in the preparation of shojin ryori meals.

What food do Buddhist monks eat?

Theravada Monks and nuns traditionally feed themselves by gathering alms, and generally must eat whatever foods are given to them, including meat.

What do monks eat?

Their main foodstuffs included vegetables such as turnips or salad, dark breads, porridges, an occasional fish, cheese curds, beer, ale, or mead. Fish was smoked and meat dried to increase their longevity. As a rule, monks did not eat meat except if they were ill and on special occasions.

What do Buddhist monks wear?

The saffron (for a more appropriate name for the color) robes monk wear dates back centuries. Orange was chosen mainly because of the dye available at the time. The tradition stuck and orange is now the color of choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia, as opposed to a maroon color for Tibetan monks.

What are Buddhist not allowed to eat?

According to Theravada, the Buddha allowed his monks to eat pork, chicken and fish if the monk was aware that the animal was not killed on their behalf. Monks of the Mahayana traditions that follow the Brahma Net Sutra are forbidden by their vows from eating flesh of any kind.