Vinaya (3): The Cullavagga

by T. W. Rhys Davids | 1881 | 137,074 words

The Cullavagga (part of the Vinaya collection) includes accounts of the First and Second Buddhist Councils as well as the establishment of the community of Buddhist nuns. The Cullavagga also elaborates on the etiquette and duties of Bhikkhus....

Cullavagga, Khandaka 3, Chapter 20

1. Now at that time a certain Bhikkhu had committed numerous Saṃghādisesa offences, one of which he had concealed for one day, one for two days, one for three days, [and so on down to] and one for ten days.

He told the Bhikkhus, saying, 'I have committed, (&c., as before, down to) and one for ten days. What now shall I do?'

They told this thing to the Blessed One.

'Let then the Saṃgha, O Bhikkhus, impose upon that Bhikkhu an inclusive probation according to one of those offences which has been concealed for ten days[1].'

'Now thus, O Bhikkhus, ought it to be imposed.'

[Here follows the kammavācā in the form given at chapter 1, §§ 2, 3, to the end.]

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From this and what follows it is clear that however many are the offences, and however various the periods of concealment, the probation is only to last for the same period as the longest of the concealments has lasted.

Thus the Samanta Pāsādikā says here:

agghasamodhāno nāma sambahulāsu āpattīsu yā ekā vā dve vā tisso vā sambahulā vā āpattiyo sabbacirapaṭicchannāyo tāsaṃ agghena samodhāya tāsaṃ rattiparicchedavasena avasesānaṃ ūnatarapaṭicchannānaṃ āpattīnaṃ parivāso diyyati. Yassa pana sataṃ āpattiyo dasāhapaṭicchannā, aparaṃ pi sataṃ āpattiyo dasāhapaṭicchannā ti, evaṃ dasakkhattuṃ katvā āpattisahassaṃ divasasatapaṭicchannaṃ hoti, tena kiṃ kātabban ti? Sabbaṃ samodhāpetvā dasa divase parivasitabbaṃ, evaṃ eken’ eva dasāhena divasasataṃ pi parivasitam eva hoti. Vuttaṃ pi c’ etaṃ:

dasasataṃ rattisataṃ āpattiyo chādayitvāna
dasarattiyo vasitvāna mucceyya pārivāsiko.

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