Vinaya Pitaka (2): Bhikkhuni-vibhanga (the analysis of Nun’ rules)

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’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 3

Bi-Pc.3.1.1 BD.3.248 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time two nuns, tormented by dissatisfaction, having entered an inner room, slapped with the palms of the hands. Nuns, having run up at the sound of this noise, spoke thus to these nuns: “Why do you, ladies, misbehave with a man?” Saying: “Ladies, we are not misbehaving with a man,” they told this matter to the nuns. Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns slap with the palms of the hands?” …

“Is it true, as is said, monks, that nuns slapped with the palms of the hands?”

“It is true, lord.”

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

“How, monks, can nuns slap with the palms of the hands? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:

In slapping with the palms of the hands, there is an offence of expiation.[1] Vin.4.261

Bi-Pc.3.2.1 Slapping with the palms of the hands means: if she, enjoying the contact, gives a blow to the private parts even with a lotus leaf,[2] there is an offence of expiation.

There is no offence if it is because of illness, if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:


On these “brief Pācittiyas” (cf. also the next), see BD.2, Introduction, p.xxxiv.


Cf. the same expression at Vin.4.146 in definition of “should give a blow,” and at Vin.4.147 in definition of “should raise the palm of the hand.”

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