Tea is considered a medicine in most Theravada traditions and allowable after NOON.  At Pa Auk, we are…

Tea is considered a medicine in most Theravada traditions and allowable after NOON.  At Pa Auk, we are NOT allowed tea after NOON because "medicines" should be for medical purposes.  Green tea is often pickled and served with meals, called lapet.   In contrast, fresh juice drinks are allowable after NOON for a single evening in all Theravada traditions.  Yesterday was fresh squeezed (and chilled) sugar cane juice. "If god gives you lemons, make lemonade."  Sometimes that comes on other days.
Note: The bottles are recycled.
2nd note:  Notice the stray dogs in the road.  I estimate about 50-80 canine residents.  Dogs can survive very well on vegetarian people food.  People can survive very well on vegetarian people food too :)

Article by Bhikkhu Subhuti

Bhikkhu Subhuti is an American Buddhist Monk with roots in both Sri Lanka and Myanmar Forest Traditions. He currently resides in Myanmar but his heart sometimes floats back to Kauai, HI where he spent six months in 2015.