Vinaya (2): The Mahavagga

by T. W. Rhys Davids | 1881 | 156,382 words

The Mahavagga (part of the Vinaya collection) includes accounts of Gautama Buddha’s and the ten principal disciples’ awakenings, as well as rules for ordination, rules for reciting the Patimokkha during uposatha days, and various monastic procedures....

Mahavagga, Khandaka 1, Chapter 58

At that time the Chabbaggiya[1] Bhikkhus laid a ban upon novices without the consent of the upajjhāyas (of those novices). The upajjhāyas searched after them, thinking: 'How is it that our novices have disappeared?' The Bhikkhus said: 'TheChabbaggiya Bhikkhus, friends, have laid a ban upon them.' The upajjhāyas were annoyed, &c.: 'How can the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus lay a ban upon our novices without having obtained our consent?'

They told this thing to the Blessed One.

“Let no one, O Bhikkh us, lay a ban (upon novices) without consent of the upajjhāyas. He who does, commits a dukkaṭa offence.”

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Here first appear the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus (the company of the 'six Bhikkhus', with their attendants), the constant and indefatigable evil-doers throughout the whole Vinaya-Piṭaka. Buddhaghosa (on Cullayagga I, 1) says that Paṇḍuka and Lohitaka belonged to this company, and also Assaji and Punabbasu are mentioned as Chabbaggiyas (see Childers s. v. chabbaggiyo).

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