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 5, Chapter 7

1. Now at that time a certain Bhikkhu, tormented by distaste (for meditation, &c.), castrated himself[1]. They told this matter to the Blessed One.

'When one thing wanted cutting off, O Bhikkhus, that foolish fellow has cut off another! You are not, O Bhikkhus, to castrate yourselves. Whosoever does so, shall be guilty of a thullaccaya.'

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Anabhiratiyā pīḷito attano aṅgajātam chindi. This anabhirati is constantly referred to, and always as the result of falling in love, or in connection with sexual desire.

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