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Food And Its Dangers

As Buddhism gained first acceptance and then popularity, it became a challenge for monks and nuns to maintain a lifestyle of simplicity and moderation, particularly when it came to food. People were only too happy to provide monks, not just with adequate sustenance, but with the best they could afford, and in generous amounts. “They chose not to take soft or hard food or drinks themselves, they did not give it to their parents, spouse or children, not to their slaves, servants or friends, and not to their colleagues or relatives, but they did give it to the monks who as a result were handsome, plump, and with radiant complexions and clear skin”(Vin.
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