Pass on Gas

As I mentioned earlier, the Taiwanese vegetarians follow the Buddhist vegetarian diet, Su vegetarianism. I noted that the diet cuts out all animal products but also onion, garlic and other fetid veggies which are thought to unsettle the tummy. Well, having avoided them for a few weeks I saw only one major difference; no gas! Not that I am a particular gassy person in general, but (and I hate to break any hearts with this news shock..) everybody farts.

Anyways, I asked my mother–who had been eating a Su veg diet for two weeks longer than I had– how her stomach was holding up, and she said she noticed the exact same thing. Coincidence? I think not. So, after an exhausting couple of flights from Taipei to Honolulu, and then Honolulu to Hilo, my mother and I sat down to a delicious dinner of Thai coconut soup and green papaya salad, with tons of onion and garlic. After crossing stories again in the morning, well I can just say we had a particularly gassy evening.

So, while Buddhist monks claim to cut out fetid veggies because they keep the stomach from settling and disrupt meditation, I now know they mean they didn’t really want to sit for 10 hours a day with a rumble in their tumble and the scent of garlic oozing out of their pores. And even worse, no one wants to be meditating next to a farty monk all day…


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