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) 51

Bu-Sk.51.1.1 At one time the enlightened one, the lord, was staying at Kosambī in Ghosita’s monastery. Now at that time a milk drink[1] had been prepared for the Order by a certain brahmin. The monks drank the milk[2] making a hissing sound.[3] A certain monk who had formerly been an actor spoke thus: “It seems that this whole Order is cooled.”[4] Those who were modest monks … spread it about, saying: “How can this monk make a joke about the Order?” …

“Is it true, as is said, that you, monk, made a joke about the Order?”

“It is true, lord.”

The enlightened one, the lord, rebuked him, saying:

“How can you, foolish man, make a joke about the Order? It is not, foolish man, for pleasing those who BD.3.138 are not (yet) pleased …” … and having rebuked him, having given reasoned talk, he addressed the monks, saying:

“Monks, a joke should not be made about the enlightened one or dhamma or the Order. Whoever should make (one), there is an offence of wrong-doing.”

Then the lord, having rebuked that monk in many a figure for his difficulty in maintaining himself … “… And thus, monks, this rule of training should be set forth:

‘I will not eat making a hissing sound,’ is a training to be observed.” Vin.4.198

One should not eat making a hissing sound … if he is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:




khīraṃ pivanti.


surusurukāraka. Vin-a.893, making the sound suru-suru.



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