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 37

1. Now at the time when the venerable Kassapa of Uruveḷa went forth (from the world), much property in brass and wood and earthenware came into the possession of the Saṃgha[1]. And the Bhikkhus thought, 'What kinds of brass ware—of wooden things—of earthenware[2]—has the Blessed One allowed, and what kinds has he not allowed?'

They told this matter to the Blessed One.

Then the Blessed One, on that occasion and in that connection, when he had delivered a religious discourse, addressed the Bhikkhus, and said:

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus, all kinds of brass ware, except weapons[3]—all kinds of wooden things, except divans[4], and long-armed chairs[4], and bowls[5], and shoes[6],—and all kinds of earthenware, except katakas[7], and large earthen vessels to be used as huts to live in[8].'


Here ends the Fifth Khandhaka, on minor details.

Footnotes and references:


See Mahāvagga I, 20, 19-21.


See Cullavagga VIII, 3, I.


Paharaṇatthaṃ kataṃ paharaṇī ti vuccati. Yassa kassa ci āvudha-saṃghātass’ etaṃ adhivacanaṃ (B.).


See Mahāvagga V, 10, 4, 5.


See Cullavagga V, 8, 2.


See Mahāvagga V, 6, 4.


On this word see our note above at V, 22, I.


This is the only one of the things here mentioned not referred to in previous rules. Buddhaghosa says, Kumbha-kārikā ti Dhaniyass’ eva sabba-mattikāmaya-kuṭi vuccati. The story of Dhaniya is given in the text of the Vinaya, vol. iii, pp. 42 and following.

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