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