佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - What does no eating past noon denote?
What does no eating past noon denote?

 

The Buddha deemed that one leaving home to practice no longer

commits to work around the house but, turning to live on offerings and

aid from others and hence absolutely not looking for extravagances in life

or anything excessive, stops asking for food past noon each day so as not

to add to the burden of givers and, meanwhile, being enabled to make

more time for practice. That is what the practice of no eating past noon

is all about.

ext-�� sap� �� no intended viewing or attendance as such.

 

Gate implies prohibition, disallowing and putting a stop to eight

behaviors, to destruction and violation. Cultivation and keeping of

these eight precepts enable closing of all doors that open to the evil

destinies of the hells, hungry ghosts, and animals.

Fasting, its Chinese character constituting two parts, of one and

mind, connotes inner cleansing and purifying to become adorned and

impeccable. As Buddhism stresses on assumption of the middle path,

the stipulation of no eating past noon does tally with practicing the

method of exit from the world as a whole. Such is the meaning of

the eight-gate precepts and fasting.

Observation of the eight-gate precepts and fasting usually runs for

seven days. But in this day and age when everyone has own work

schedule and tight routine, it does come down to three days or

two days and one night.