The Tradition of Alms
A tradition that has been carried on since the time of the Buddha. Those who had gone forth to the homeless life would rely solely on alms in order to provide sustenance for the body. This would leave the alms mendicants free to pursue higher spiritual pursuits. In turn, the donors of the alms food would receive the noble benefits of having helped those along the path to spiritual peace and insight.
Listening to Dhamma
One benefit of providing sustenance to those alms mendicants, is that we hope that they may in return give us the highest gift – teachings on Dhamma or Truth that may release us from all suffering.
We also gain a good opportunity to practice chanting with other like-minded individuals. And after everyone is encouraged to share some lunch and meet other fellow volunteers and others.