To my esteemed Dhamma Wheel kalyanamitta whom I love very much,
It's been bugging me for years and I just have to ask. Keeping me awake at night pondering and so forth. We all know the eight requisites for monks & nuns, right? The three robes, the alms bowl, the razor, the needle, a belt and the water strainer.
Why aren't nail clippers a requisite? How are you supposed to deal with nails without something to get rid of them as they grow? Just let them break off or let them grow and be creepy creepy nail monk? *shudder* Surely, for the purposes of assuaging the early sangha's legitimacy anxiety, it would have been beneficial to allow the ownership of nail scissors/clippers? Or did people deal with nail growth differently in the time of the Awakened One?
Eternally indebted to whoever answers this question. You will be like the quenching nectar of knowledge to the thirst of my ignorance, and I will never again experience the embarrassing urge to ask every monk I see about the details of their nail-care.
I'm not very good at right speech, although I try, so please guide and correct me if necessary so I don't make bad kamma for myself and cause others to be annoyed. (=