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) 88

Bi-Pc.88.1.1 BD.3.407 … at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six nuns bathed with perfume and paint.[1] People … see Bi-Pc.87.1; read bathed with perfume and paint, etc. … “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun should bathe with perfume and paint, there is an offence of expiation[2].”

Bi-Pc.88.2.1 Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

Perfume means: whatever is a perfume.

Paint means: whatever is a paint.

Should bathe means: if she bathes, in the business there is an offence of wrong-doing; at the end of the bathing there is an offence of expiation.

Bi-Pc.88.2.2 There is no offence if it is on account of illness; if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.

Footnotes and references:


DN.ii.142, DN.ii.161; Thag.960.


At Vin.2.280 it is a dukkaṭa for nuns to bathe with chunam (soft soap-powder) or scented clay.