Why do you live? Three salty meals a day!
In Zen monasteries we use the term “medicinestone” as a euphemism for the evening meal or the last meal that is eaten in the evening in violation of the monastic rule; the term 薬石 literally means „medicine stone“. The buddhist monastic code explicitly forbids to eat after the noon hour. Medicinal stones originally referred to heated stones that the monks and nuns held against their abdomens in the evening to ease the sensation of hunger and provide warmth in cold weather. Zen Monks have no special diet, all food is considered medicine for this chamber of enlightenment.
TAKUAN & KIMCHI
Takuan & Kimchi are an important ingredient in the temple kitchen of the Zen Academy. Since the fermented vegetables have a high nutrient content and are excellent storage, they are important for the winter stock. Since Zen nuns & Zen monks have very little personal property, they depend on the support of the population, among other things in the diet. The takuan & kimchi stocks are a good safeguard against food shortages.