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) 59

Bi-Pc.59.1.1 BD.3.358 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns neither asked (the date of) the Observance day[1] nor did they ask for exhortation. Monks … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns neither ask (the date of) the Observance day nor ask for exhortation?” …

“Is it true, as is said, monks, that nuns neither … nor ask for exhortation?”

“It is true, lord.”

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

“How, monks, can nuns neither … nor ask for exhortation? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:

Every half month a nun should desire two things from the Order of monks: the asking as to (the date of) the Observance day and the approaching for exhortation.[2] For her who transgresses this, there is an offence of expiation.

Bi-Pc.59.2.1 Every half month means: every Observance day.[3]

Observance day means: the two Observance days, that on the fourteenth day and that on the fifteenth day.[4]

Exhortation means: the eight important rules.

If she thinks, “I will neither ask (the date of) the Observance day nor ask for exhortation,” in throwing off the responsibility, … see Bi-Pc.58.2.1Bi-Pc.58.2.2 … if she is the first wrong-doer. Vin.4.316

Footnotes and references:


See Vin.1.105, where the lord is shown as prompting Kappina, and as saying that if brahmins do not honour the uposatha, who will?


The third of the eight “important rules,” Vin.4.52; see BD.2.268.


= above, BD.3.44.

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