Vinaya Pitaka (1): The Analysis of Monks’ Rules (Bhikkhu-vibhanga)

by I. B. Horner | 2014 | 345,334 words | ISBN-13: 9781921842160

The English translation of the Bhikkhu-vibhanga: the first part of the Suttavibhanga, which itself is the first book of the Pali Vinaya Pitaka, one of the three major ‘baskets’ of Therevada canonical literature. It is a collection of rules for Buddhist monks. The English translation of the Vinaya-pitaka (first part, bhikkhu-vibhanga) contains many...

Monks’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 91

Bu-Pc.91.1.1 BD.3.99 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time a cloth for the rains[1] was allowed to monks by the lord.[2] The group of six monks, thinking: “A cloth for the rains is allowed by the lord,” wore cloths for the rains that were not of a (proper) measure; they went about trailing (these) along in front as well as behind.[3] Those who were modest monks … spread it about, saying: see Bu-Pc.90.1 … “… should be set forth:

When a cloth for the rains is being made for a monk, it must be made to a (proper) measure. This is the (proper) measure here: in length six spans of the accepted span, in breadth two and a half spans.[4] In exceeding this (measure), there is an offence of expiation involving cutting down.” Vin.4.173

Bu-Pc.91.2.1 Cloth for the rains means: it is for the four months of the rainy season.

Is being made means: it must be made to a (proper) measure … if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer.

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Cf. above, BD.3.97.


See Vinaya Texts ii.225, note.