Vinaya Pitaka (2): The Analysis of Nun’ Rules (Bhikkhuni-vibhanga)

by I. B. Horner | 2014 | 66,469 words | ISBN-13: 9781921842160

The English translation of the Bhikkhuni-vibhanga: the second 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 acollection of rules for Buddhist nuns. The English translation of the Vinaya-pitaka (second part, bhikkhuni-vibhanga) contain...

Nuns’ Forfeiture (Nissaggiya) 10

Bi-NP.10.1.1 BD.3.236 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the nun Thullanandā was very learned, she was a repeater, she was wise, she was skilled in giving dhamma-talk. Many people visited the nun Thullanandā. Now at that time the nun Thullanandā’s cell was falling to pieces.[1] People spoke thus to the nun Thullanandā: “Why is this cell of yours, lady, falling to pieces?”

“Sirs, there are neither benefactors, nor are there workmen.”

Then these people, having made a voluntary collection for the nun Thullanandā’s cell, gave what was necessary to the nun Thullanandā. And the nun Thullanandā, although having herself asked for what was necessary, yet having got medicine in exchange, made use of it. The people, having found out … spread it about, saying: “How can the lady Thullanandā get something in exchange for what was necessary (and) appointed for another thing, destined for another thing, belonging to an individual, (and) that she herself asked for?” …

“Is it true, as is said, monks, that the nun Thullanandā … (and) that she herself asked for?”

“It is true, lord.”

The enlightened one, the lord rebuked them, saying:

“How, monks, can the nun Thullanandā … (and) that she herself asked for? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:

Whatever nun should get something in exchange for what was necessary (and) appointed for another BD.3.237 thing, destined for another thing, belonging to an individual, (and) that she herself asked for, there is an offence of expiation involving forfeiture.”


Bi-NP.10.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

For what was necessary (and) appointed for another thing, destined for another thing… Belonging to an individual means: it is for one nun, not for an Order, not for a group.

That she herself asked for means: oneself having asked for.

Should get something in exchange means: as above, Bi-NP.6.2.1; read constantly belonging to an individual, (and) that she herself asked for

… if she is the first wrong-doer. Vin.4.255

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udriyati.