A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
What is shown here is very similar to what Ajahn Sumedho showed me when I briefly stayed at Wat Ba Pong in the mid 70's:
A chewstick, called a suwak, was probably the earliest toothbrush.
The chewstick for cleaning teeth was apparently borrowed from the Chinese and Babylonians. It is first mentioned as a common method of cleaning the teeth by the Romans. It consists of a stick a little smaller in diameter.than a pencil and about 6 inches long. It is made from any one of a number of fibrous woods. One end is chewed to separate the fibers and then the teeth are scrubbed one at a time. This method is still used in many parts of Africa and many Islamic countries. http://drjuggles.com/history-of-dentistry.php
And here it is for sale:http://izismile.com/2011/06/13/a_unique ... _pics.html
miswaks are available on Amazon.
"You stop me, obviously with a demand for a personal explanation. 'How is it, you write, 'that you reject with such immitigable scorn the very foundation-stones of Buddhism, and yet refer disciples enthusiastically to the technique of some of its subtlest super-structures?'
-Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears
, Chapter XXVII: Structure of Mind Based on that of Body (Haeckel and Bertrand Russell)
"Questions of reality are too important to be left to the scientists."
-Paul Feyerbend, The Tyranny of Science
, p. 51 (Polity: 2012).
- Posts: 1744
- Joined: Wed May 25, 2011 4:49 am
- Location: Portland, Oregon
I am wondering if there are any way to make that in the British Isles?
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog - Some Suttas Translated.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
- Posts: 5494
- Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
- Location: Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man - not part of the UK)
It is available from Germany at this sourcehttp://www.zahnbewusstsein.de/english/s ... uerste.htm
I am using the SOLO brush since some time with good result. In that practice you brush only the upper part of a tooth a few times to left and right. What also must be used though are interdental brushes, for most bacteria live there. I am planning to change to the Swak brushes when I am back in Europe later next year.
These are some of the ingredients in Miswak
Fluoride hardens the enamel
Silicate for gentle cleaning
Vitamin C preservative
Saponins cleansing agent
Potassium, Calcium remineralization
source see link above
- Posts: 7
- Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:52 pm
- Location: Switzerland, currently Kampuchea
cooran wrote:I'm just dipping into Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of the Anguttara Nikaya - The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha - and am interested to see that there was no aspect of ordinary life that could not benefit from advice from the Blessed One.
Here is his advice on good mouth hygiene
Somewhere among Fives there is a sutta about benefits of walking and a sutta about benefits of eating porridge. There are probably more suttas on similar topics but that's what I can recall right now.
Bhagavaṃmūlakā no, bhante, dhammā...
- Posts: 338
- Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:33 pm
- Location: Khettadesa
This is interesting. Just for everyone's information, I wanted to mention that this tooth brushing issue was also addressed a great deal in Islam. (I am not Muslim, this is just my understanding). As some may know, Muslims pray multiple times per day, and I believe the use of the "miswak" stick is suggested after each prayer. It was also encouraged during Rammadan, I believe.
Just a comparative religions point, I suppose.
- Posts: 29
- Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:35 pm
piotr said: Somewhere among Fives there is a sutta about benefits of walking and a sutta about benefits of eating porridge. There are probably more suttas on similar topics but that's what I can recall right now.
Thanks Piotr! I'll keep an eye out for them.
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
- Posts: 6056
- Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
- Location: Queensland, Australia
Return to General Theravāda discussion
Who is online
Registered users: Bing [Bot], chownah, Coyote, Dan74, dannyj, dxm_dxm, Google [Bot], Hickersonia, K.Dhamma, Khalil Bodhi, Lazy_eye, perkele, rahul3bds, reflection, Sam Vara