Points of Controversy

18.4. Of the Buddha and Fragrant Things

Controverted Point: That even the excreta of the Exalted Buddha excelled all other odorous things.

Theravādin: This would imply that the Exalted One fed on perfumes. But you admit only that he fed on rice gruel. Hence your proposition is untenable.

Moreover, if your proposition were true, some would have used them for the toilet, gathering, saving them in basket and box, exposing them in the bazaar, making cosmetics with them. But nothing of the sort was done… .