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No Sake, neither Garlic ! —– Why not ?

My friend in Japan showed this photo in his blog while describing

scorching hot day over there.

What photographed was a stone-post = regular feature of a Buddhist

temple gate, which says “Kun-shu San-mon ni iru wo yurusazu”

(不許葷酒入山門 = Sake / Alcoholic drink and Garlic kind are forbidden

to be brought in) = It is the notice of the Rules from the Pali Canon,

that the Buddhists have to keep away from the evil acts.

—– Drink Alcohol and eating smelly food typically the Garlic, are

forbidden in the temple —– It is a formal pretense 😀


Despite the Garlic has been long eaten and even used as an herbal medicine (use it

as a poultice to an inflammation = very potent stimulant for blood circulation)

only its pungent smell is its unfortunate nature 😀

—– The hard-core austere in the Tantra Buddhist sect, Gyo-ja (行者) regards Garlic as a potent

medicine (hence, wild Garlic was called Gyo-ja Nin-niku ) to enable him to achieve hard practice in

the mountain. (— so I heard = I haven’t established it with [with and without] kind of objective

repeated research. 🙂 ) — What-so-ever, everybody knows, Garlic is pretty good for our health.

—– So that, may be a smell of the Garlic is a mere pretext, real intention was to

prevent a monk gains his potency and become sexually active. 😀


But funny facts are, even the time of strict Shogun era, the Sake was drunk in a temple only with

the name of Han-nya-tou /般若湯 (Drink of highest wisdom 😀 ) and the wife of the Priest was

called Dai-koku sama / 大黒様 (the name of a divine figure — but in Taoism). = a lots of excuse.


There are interesting parallel between Hinayana Buddhism and Confucianism,

Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism (Laoze).

Both Hinayana and Confucianism set an ideal personality of a man and apply it

with the Rules of Do and Do not.  (= So, Garlic smelled Monk is not very ideal.  😀 )

In comparison, both Mahayana and Laoze says “ Be Natural” = keep away

intentional thinking or imaginary Rules, but live natural and never over do.

(So that, garlic is naturally smelly = What’s wrong with it.   Unless you eat tons of it.  😀 )

Counting Lord Buddha’s teachings in its surface, it could make hundreds of Do and Do not, such

as him in deed forsaken his family and the wife and became a Bhikku. = hence the follower could

copy it = live with no family, no woman etc though, —– think the context of the teachings,

Lord Buddha never accused, or forced anyone to forsake the wife and the child, but simply

pointed out, the Life IS in Samsara = accepted the difficulties to live with family as the default.

Hence, Mahayana accepted the inherent nature of the Life as Karma.  (Try to

impose “ideal type” is just an useless delusion.  Better live in Mushin, as it is.)

(We are born to suffer with the trouble of woman. = It’s a part of joy.    Ha ha ha  😀 )


So, don’t hesitate to eat Garlic. As long as everybody in the family or anybody

near you eat it in the same time, the smell wouldn’t cause any trouble.

And be healthy, fulfilling your potential = make your wife satisfied. Ha ha ha 😀

( Don’t worry this is the Mahayana Buddhism = believe me  🙂 )




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  1. drawandshoot said, on June 26, 2012 at 19:30

    Ha, ha Yoshizen! 🙂

  2. bentehaarstad said, on July 3, 2012 at 00:58

    I happily eat garlic in my cooked food and are never ill. But there is very little sake around… 😉

    • yoshizen said, on July 3, 2012 at 01:50

      I’m sure, your energy to chase reindeer, flowers, even rock musicians needs a lots of garlic
      —- sake is just an option 🙂
      I wonder what Viking warriors drank then (and now 😀 )

  3. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on July 11, 2012 at 02:03

    I follow your point here quite well, but have to say that your telling of it is hilarious! 😀

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