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 4, Chapter 14

1-3. 'Let no one, O Bhikkhus, hold Pavāraṇā in a seated assembly (of Bhikkhus) before a Bhikkhunī, (&c,[1])

4. 'Let no one, O Bhikkhus, hold Pavāraṇā by (accepting) the Pavāraṇā declaration of a pārivāsika[2], except if the assembly has not yet risen (at the time when the Pavāraṇā is declared). And let no one, O Bhikkhus, hold Pavāraṇā on another day than the Pavāraṇā day, except for the sake of (preserving) concord among the Saṃgha[3].'

Footnotes and references:


See II, 36, 1-3.


Comp. II, 36, 4, with the note.


See, for instance, the cases in chap. 17. Buddhaghosa's explanation is different; he says: 'Concord among the Saṃgha js to be understood of such cases as that of Kosambī,' It is said in the account of the schism of Kosambī that, if concord has been re-established, the reconciled parties hold Uposatha together (X, 5, 14; comp. II, 36, 4); Buddhaghosa apparently extends this to holding Pavāraṇā also.

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