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 10, Chapter 12

1. Now at that time a certain woman, who had formerly belonged to the clan of the Mallas[1] had entered the Order of the Bhikkhunīs. She, seeing a weakly Bhikkhu on the road, struck up against him with the edge of her shoulder, and knocked him over. The Bhikkhus murmured, were indignant, and complained, saying: 'How can a Bhikkhunī assault a Bhikkhu?'

They told this matter to the Blessed One.

'A Bhikkhunī is not, O Bhikkhus, to assault a Bhikkhu. Whosoever does so, shall be guilty of a dukkaṭa. I prescribe that a Bhikkhunī, O Bhikkhus, on seeing a Bhikkhu, should get out of the way when still at a distance, and make room for him.'

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