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) 83

Bi-Pc.83.1.1 BD.3.399 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns ordained two (probationers) in the one year.[1] As before,[2] there were not sufficent dwellings. As before[3] people … Vin.4.337 spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns ordain two (probationers) in one year? As before, there are not sufficient dwellings.” Nuns heard these people who … spread it about. Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: … cf. Bi-Pc.82.1 “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun should ordain two (probationers) in one year, there is an offence of expiation.”

Bi-Pc.83.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

One year means: one year.[4]

Should ordain two (probationers) means: should confer the upasampadā ordination on two (probationers).

If she thinks: “I will ordain two (probationers),” and looks about for a group or … Bi-Pc.61.2 … there is an offence of wrong-doing for the group and for the woman teacher.

Bi-Pc.83.2.2 There is no offence is she ordains in alternate years[5]; if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.

The Eighth Division: that on a maiden.[6]

Footnotes and references:


Vin-a.945 says “she ordained two (probationers) in one year in alternate years.”


tath’ eva—i.e., in Bi-Pc.82.


tath’ eva—i.e., in Bi-Pc.82.


ekavassan ti ekaṃ saṃvaccharaṃ.


Nothing to show whether the notion of “two (probationers)” is dropped here or not.


N.B. thirteen Pācittiyas in this Division, and also in the next.