Controversies Over Clothing and Food

| May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some of the Buddha’s dictates over clothing and food became controversial in the early history of the saṅgha. Indeed, aspects of them are still controversial today. We’ll discuss those controversies in this video in their historical context and consider how we might approach them today.

Suttas mentioned:

Āmagandha Sutta (Snp. II.2):
Jīvaka Sutta (MN 55):
Schism in an order (Cūḷavagga):

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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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