Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Monks’ rules and their analysis

Monks’ Training (Sekhiya) 31

… in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks ate almsfood inattentively, as though desirous not to eat … “…

‘Attentively will I eat almsfood,’ is a training to be observed.”

One should eat almsfood attentively. Whoever out of disrespect eats almsfood inattentively, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

There is no offence if it is unintentional, if he is not thinking, if he does not know, if he is ill, if there are accidents, if he is mad, if he is the first-wrong-doer.