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) 38

Bi-Pc.38.1.1 BD.3.319 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns walked without a weapon on almstour outside (their own) region[1] (when this was) agreed upon as dangerous, frightening. Bad men … see Bi-Pc.37.1. Instead of within (her own) region read outside (her own) region …” … this rule of training:

Whatever nun should walk without a weapon outside (her own) region (when this is) agreed upon as dangerous, frightening, there is an offence of expiation.”

Bi-Pc.38.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

Outside (her own) region means: setting aside that country in which she lives, in another’s region.

Dangerous means: see Bi-Pc.37.2 … if she is the first wrong-doer.

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