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’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 4

Bi-Pc.4.1.1 BD.3.249 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time a certain woman who had formerly been a king’s concubine, had gone forth among the nuns. A certain nun, tormented by dissatisfaction, approached this nun, and having approached, she spoke thus to this nun: “The king, lady, constantly came to see you. How did you manage?”

“By means of an application of lac, lady.”

“What is this application of lac, lady?”

Then this nun showed an application of lac to that nun. Then that nun, having taken the application of lac, having forgotten to wash it, put it to one side. The nuns, having seen it surrounded by flies, spoke thus: “Whose doing is this?” She spoke thus: “It is my doing.” Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: “How can a nun take an application of lac?” …

“Is it true, as is said, monks, that a nun took an application of lac?”

“It is true, lord.”

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

“How, monks, can a nun take an application of lac? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:

In an application of lac, there is an offence of expiation.


Bi-Pc.4.2.1 Application of lac means: it is made of lac, made of wood, made of flour, made of clay.

Should take[1] means: if she, enjoying the contact, makes even a lotus-leaf enter the private parts, 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. Vin.4.262

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Note that a word is here defined which does not come into the rule, and that this, as it stands, is one of the “brief Pācittiyas.”

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