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:

1.

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

2.

tath’ eva—i.e., in Bi-Pc.82.

3.

tath’ eva—i.e., in Bi-Pc.82.

4.

ekavassan ti ekaṃ saṃvaccharaṃ.

5.

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

6.

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