The Search for the Buddha’s Toothbrush

We usually think of the Buddha’s Dhamma as being “deep, difficult to see, accessible to the wise, and “going against the stream” – and with good reason. The Buddha himself described his Dhamma like this. Further, when we examine it we see that it deals with some of the most fundamental questions of life and destiny in terms as subtle and as comprehensive as any modern philosopher or psychologist. But while this is true, it is equally true that the Buddha addressed far less lofty but still important issues, issues that are relevant to ordinary human beings, whether they be awakened or not, whether they be professors, postmen or peasants. An example of this less lofty but still important aspect of the Dhamma is what the Buddha had to say about dental hygiene.



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