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) 50

Bi-Pc.50.1.1 BD.3.339 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that Vin.4.306 time the group of six nuns taught worldly knowledge.[1] People … spread it about … Bi-Pc.44.1. Instead of learn read teach. … “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun should teach[2] worldly knowledge, there is an offence of expiation.”

Bi-Pc.50.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

Worldly knowledge means:

Should teach[3] means: if she teaches by line … Bi-Pc.44.2. Instead of learns read teaches. … if she is the first wrong-doer.

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Footnotes and references:


At Vin.2.139 it is made a dukkaṭa for a monk to do so.


vāceyya—i.e., should cause (someone) to repeat or speak.