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) 45

Bu-Sk.45.1.1 … in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks ate, breaking up the mouthfuls[1] … “…

‘I will not eat breaking up the mouthfuls,’ is a training to be observed.”

One should not eat breaking up the mouthfuls. Whoever out of disrespect eats breaking up the mouthfuls, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

There is no offence if it is unintentional, if he is not thinking, if he does not know, if he is ill, if they are solid victuals,[2] all sorts of fruits,[3] dainties,[4] if there are accidents, if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:


kabaḷāvacchedakaṃ, dividing the mouthfuls (into small parts); probably with the fingers and not “nibbling at,” as at Vinaya Texts i.64.

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