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’ Deciding of Legal Questions (Adhikaraṇasamatha)

BD.3.426 These seven rules,[1] ladies, for the deciding of legal questions come up for recitation. For the deciding, for the settlement of legal questions arising from time to time:

  1. Bi-As.1A verdict in the presence of may be given.
  2. Bi-As.2A verdict of innocence may be given.
  3. Bi-As.3A verdict of past insanity may be given.
  4. Bi-As.4It may be carried out on (her) acknowledgement.
  5. Bi-As.5(There is) the decision of the majority.
  6. Bi-As.6The decision for specific depravity.
  7. Bi-As.The covering up (as) with grass.

Recited, ladies, are the seven rules for the deciding of legal questions. Concerning them I ask the ladies … thus do I understand this.

Nuns’ Conclusion

Recited, ladies, is the occasion, recited are the eight rules for offences involving defeat, recited are the seventeen rules for offences entailing a formal meeting of the Order, recited are the thirty rules for offences of expiation involving forfeiture, recited are the hundred and sixty-six rules for offences of expiation, recited are the eight rules for offences which ought to be confessed, recited are the rules for training, recited are the seven rules for the deciding of legal questions. So much (of the sayings) of the lord, handed down in clauses, contained in clauses, comes up for recitation every half month. All should train therein in harmony, on friendly terms, without contention.

Told is the Nuns’ Analysis

Told are both Analyses[2] Vin.4.352

Footnotes and references:


= Vin.4.207. See above, BD.3.153f. for notes.


Here ends Oldenberg’s Vol. IV.