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) 62

Bi-Pc.62.1.1 BD.3.363 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns ordained a woman giving suck. She walked for alms. People spoke thus: “Give almsfood to the lady, the lady has a companion.”[1] The people … spread it about, saying: “How can the nuns … Bi-Pc.61.1, instead of pregnant woman read woman giving suck …” “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun should ordain a woman giving suck, there is an offence of expiation.”


Bi-Pc.62.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

Woman giving suck means: she is a mother or a foster-mother.

Should ordain means: Bi-Pc.61.2. Read, If she thinks that she is a woman giving suck when she is a woman giving suck; if she thinks that she is not a woman giving suck, etc. … if she is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:

1.

sadutiyikā, with a companion; cf. dutiyikā bhikkhunī at Vin.4.230, Vin.4.315; and porāṇa-dutiyikā, former wife.

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