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...
Bi-Pc.57.1.1 BD.3.354 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time several nuns, having kept the rains in a village residence, went to Sāvatthī. Nuns spoke thus to these nuns: “Where did the ladies keep the rains? Was an Order of monks Vin.4.314 ‘invited’?”
“Ladies, we did not ‘invite’ an Order of monks.” Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns, having spent the rains, not ‘invite’ an Order of monks?” …
“Is it true, as is said, monks, that nuns … did not ‘invite’ an Order of monks?”
“It is true, lord.”
The enlightened one, the lord, rebuked them, saying:
“How, monks, can nuns … not ‘invite’ an Order of monks? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:
“Whatever nun, having kept the rains, should not ‘invite’ both Orders in respect of three matters: what was seen or heard or suspected, there is an offence of expiation.”
Bi-Pc.57.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.
Having kept the rains means: having kept the first three months or the last three months.
If she thinks, “I will not ‘invite’ both Orders in respect of three matters: what was seen or heard or BD.3.355 suspected,” in throwing off the responsibility, there is an offence of expiation.
Bi-Pc.57.2.2 There is no offence if there is an obstacle; if, having looked about, she does not get the chance; if she is ill; if there are accidents; if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.