Vinaya Doodles 😁


Dear Ayya @Charlotteannun

Thank you as always for your feedback and encouragement!

With regards to Sekhiyas 29 and 34 about receiving / eating rice and (bean) curries in the right proportion, I respectfully disagree with Ajahn Thanissaro’s interpretation. :anjal:

There is nothing in the rule or the vibhaṅga that suggests that monastics serve themselves from a serving dish. On the contrary, the rule explicitely states that the monastics “receive” the food, in parallel to the other rules in this group of sekhiyas.
I believe it is not true that it was the custom in the Buddha’s time that monastics served themselves when invited to lay houses. The suttas constantly mention that laypeople served monastics “with their own hands”, and also other pātimokkha rules point to that, for example bhikkhu pāṭidesanīya 2: "When monks eat at invitations to families, if a nun is there giving directions, saying, ‘Give bean curry here; give rice here,’"
And it certainly is not the custom now in Sri Lanka. Laypeople will always serve monastics themselves; there is (almost?) never a buffet-style arrangement.

I believe that the confusion arose in contexts, such as Thailand or Western countries, where people use cutlery and don’t eat with their hands. (In Sri Lanka, most people still eat with their hands.) If you eat with your hands, you have to have a certain curry-to-rice ratio to be able to eat comfortably. If you have too much curry, which is usually more liquid, you may end up dripping all over your arms and clothes, and you cannot form a “sticky” ball of food.

Anyway, I am open to other opinions, but for the time being I don’t follow Ajahn Thanissaro here. Unless someone comes up with a good argument to convince me :slight_smile:


The Sekhiyas

(rules 33-40 of 75)

  1. Not eating in a reasonable order (i. e. picking here and there, or digging up food from the bottom, etc.)
  2. Not eating rice and curries in the right proportion
  3. Eating from a heap
  4. Hiding the curries with rice to get more good stuff
  5. Requesting certain food and eating it
  6. Inspecting someone else’s bowl to find fault
  7. Making extra-large mouthfuls
  8. Not making rounded mouthfuls.


The Sekhiyas

(rules 41 - 48 of 75)

  1. Leaving the mouth open when there is no food to be put in yet
  2. Putting (all) the fingers into the mouth
  3. Speaking with the mouth full of food
  4. Biting small pieces off of a ball of food*
  5. Breaking small pieces off of a ball of food
  6. Stuffing the cheeks
  7. Shaking the hands
  8. Scattering rice

*There is an alternative translation for this rule: “Tossing up a ball of food”. I prefer the translation given above, (which happens to also be Ajahn Brahmali’s version), but for those monastics who want to go with the second interpretation, I have made a bonus doodle which will be posted with the last batch of Sekhiya rules.


About No. 35 Eating from a heap:
I recall hearing from somewhere that it originated from bhikkhus shaping their rice into another religion’s stupas or monuments, then eating them to mock & imply power over them. (Kinda like “crushing their heads,” I suppose.)

Anyone heard of this? I couldn’t have made it up, I’m not that creative.


Interesting story, thanks for sharing. I checked the commentaries and the origin stories of the Chinese vinayas, but couldn’t find it. :woman_shrugging:


The Sekhiyas

(rules 49 - 56 of 75)

  1. Sticking out the tongue while eating
  2. Making noises while eating (smacking the lips, chomping, etc.)
  3. Making noises while drinking (slurping, etc.)
  4. Licking the hands
  5. Licking the bowl
  6. Licking the lips
  7. Touching a water jug with hands covered in food
  8. Pouring out bowl-rinsing water in inhabited areas


I wonder if you could add a series of houses close together to show more clearly that this is an inhabited area. As they are it could just be a kuti. Putting several close together would imply something other than a monastery, perhaps.

Great work!!