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) 78

Bi-Pc.78.1.1 BD.3.391 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time a certain probationer, having approached the nun Thullanandā, asked for the upasampadā, ordination. The nun Thullanandā spoke thus to that probationer: “If you, lady, will wait upon me for two years, then will I ordain you,” and having said (this) … see Bi-Pc.77.1 … “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun, having said to a probationer: ‘If you, lady, will wait upon me for two years, then will I ordain you,’ (yet) if she is not afterwards prevented, should neither ordain her nor should make an effort to get her ordained, there is an offence of expiation.”


Bi-Pc.78.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

Probationer means: one who has trained for two years in the six rules.

‘If you, lady, will wait upon me for two years’ means: if you will attend upon me for two years.[1]

‘Then will I ordain you,’ means: then will I confer the upasampada, ordination on you.

If she is not afterwards prevented means: see Bi-Pc.77.2 … if she is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:

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Cf. above, BD.3.378.