Pick up as much food as needed to sustain from hunger and gain energy to practice. Two types of food are offered daily, Thai food and Thai-vegetarian food (choose one line). Breakfast is usually single-dish (congee rice soup). For lunch, white rice, 2 side dishes, and sometimes with fruits. *Some Thai dishes may contain bones in the chicken, pork, fish so eat mindfully.
You'll be given compartment dish, spoon, and fork on your first day to use until your last day, please clean and return it to the dining hall. You may also bring your own tupperware or reusable plastic box to store your meal.
Where to sit
The dining tables are for monks and meditators on a seperate zone.
You may eat in the designated area or in your room.
Dining hall rules
1. Take off your hat and lower your hoodies.
2. Wash your hands before scooping food.
3. Do not speak when scooping food.
4. The last round for breakfast is at 06.40 and the last round for lunch is 11.30
5. Finish your meal before 07.40 (breakfast) and by 12.45 (lunch).
6. Always recite the considering verse before eating.
7. Do not feed the animals. Throw the left-overs in the bin or designated area for good hygiene.
Dish washing station
Located behind the dining hall, with designated bin to throw out leftovers. Dishwashing station located behind the Mahasala hall and the bathroom is behind the dining hall.
Recollection of prerequisites (alms-food)
Paṭisaṅkhā yoniso piṇḍapātaṃ paṭisevāmi
Mindfully reflecting, I take alms food,
Neva davāya, na madāya, na maṇḍanāya, na vibhūsanāya,
Not playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for putting on weight, nor for beautification,
Yāvadeva imassa kāyassa ṭhitiyā, yāpanāya,
But simply for the survival and continuance of this body,
For ending its afflictions, for the support of the holy life,
Iti purāṇañca vedanaṃ paṭihaṅkhāmi,
Mindfully like this, I will destroy old feelings of hunger,
Navañca vedanaṃ na uppādessāmi,
And not create new feelings from overeating,
Yātrā ca me bhavissati anavajjatā ca phāsuvihāro cā’ti
So, there will be free from physical troubles and living at ease.