The Buddha’s Surprising Advice to Converts

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

When folks converted from competing religions or philosophies to the Buddha’s dhamma, he had a couple of pieces of advice that might surprise some of us. We will look at that advice and some lessons we can take away from them for today’s world.

Suttas mentioned:

Upāli Sutta (MN 56.16-17)

Sīha Sutta (AN 8.12)

(Dāna) Vacchagotta Sutta (AN 3.57)

Dakkhiṇāvibhanga Sutta (MN 142.5-7)

This piece by Piya Tan on the Upāli Sutta may also be of help.


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Doug Smith

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at

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