Hi All! I’m currently reading Buddhism in Chinese Society: An Economic History from the Fifth to the Tenth Centuries by Jacques Gernet (translated from French by Franciscus Verellen), and I’ve come across a bit that keeps making me laugh.
This section is on the use of money in the Mahāsāṃghikavinaya:
It is prohibited to store gold, silver, or money, for their possession engenders the five desires (of vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch). Udāyi has received some money from a donor. Knowing that he must not touch it, he has it sown into a corner of his habit and goes to market to buy himself some cake. This subterfuge is condemned by the Buddha. (155)
I hope you are inspired by Udāyi’s subterfuge to have some cake! (And maybe if you’re a monastic just poke a lay-person until they get you some).
The full reference for this text is:
Gernet, Jacques. Buddhism in Chinese Society: An Economic History from the Fifth to the Tenth Centuries. Translated by Franciscus Verellen. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.