Vinaya Pitaka (1): Bhikkhu-vibhanga (the analysis of Monks’ rules)

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’ Training (Sekhiya) 23–24

Bu-Sk.23.1.1 Bu-Sk.24.1.1 … in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks, having dressed themselves, including their heads, in the upper robes,[1] went (sat down) amidst the houses … “…

‘Not muffled up[2] will I go (sit down) amidst the houses,’ is a training to be observed.”

One should not go (sit down) muffled up amidst the houses. Whoever out of disrespect goes (sits down) BD.3.126 amidst the houses, having dressed himself, including his head, in the upper robe, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

There is no offence … as in Bu-Sk.15, Bu-Sk.16 … if he is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:


sasīsaṃ pārupitvā.


oguṇṭhito. Cf. Bu-Sk.67 below; and Vin.2.207, where it is clearly a sign of disrespect for an incoming monk to enter a monastery with his head muffled up.

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