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) 82

Bi-Pc.82.1.1 BD.3.398 … At Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns ordained every year; there were not sufficient dwellings. People … spread it about saying: “How can these nuns ordain every year? There are not sufficient dwellings.” Nuns heard these people who … spread it about. Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns ordain every year?” …

“Is it true, as it is said, monks, that nuns ordain every year?”

“It is true, lord.”

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

“How, monks, can nuns ordain every year? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of raining:

Whatever nun should ordain every year, there is an offence of expiation.”[1]


Bi-Pc.82.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

Every year means: annually.[2]

Should ordain means: … and an offence of wrong-doing for the group and for the woman teacher.


Bi-Pc.82.2.2 There is no offence if she ordains in the alternate (years); if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:

1.

Quoted MN-a.3.156

2.

anuvassan ti anusaṃvaccharaṃ.