Points of Controversy
17.6. Of the Saṅgha and the Accepting of Gifts
Theravādin: But is not the Saṅgha worthy of offerings of hospitality, of gifts, of salutations, as the world’s supreme field of merit? How then can it be wrong to say it accepts gifts? Were not its four pairs of men, its eight classes of individuals declared by the Exalted One to be worthy of gifts? And are there not they who give to it?
“Like the oblation for the Sacred Flame,
Like a great storm on Mother Earth,
The Saṅgha, endowed with samādhi,
Hence surely the Saṅgha accepts gifts.