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The practice of fasting after midday in contemporary Chinese nunneries


Chiu,  Tzu-Lung
Religious Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Chiu, T.-L. (2015). The practice of fasting after midday in contemporary Chinese nunneries. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 9, 57-89.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-FC67-E
According to monastic disciplinary texts, Buddhist monastic members are prohibited from eating solid food after midday. This rule has given rise to much debate, past and present, particularly between Mahāyāna and Theravāda Buddhist communities. This article explores Chinese Buddhist nuns’ attitudes toward the rule about not eating after noon, and its enforcement in contemporary monastic institutions in Taiwan and Mainland China. It goes on to investigate the external factors that may have influenced the way the rule is observed, and brings to light a diversity of opinions on the applicability of the rule as it has been shaped by socio-cultural contexts, including nuns’ adaptation to the locals’ ethos in today’s Taiwan and Mainland China.