Vinaya Pitaka (3): Khandhaka

by I. B. Horner | 2014 | 386,194 words | ISBN-13: 9781921842160

The English translation of the Khandhaka: the second book of the Pali Vinaya Pitaka, one of the three major ‘baskets’ of Therevada canonical literature. It is a collection of various narratives. The English translation of the Vinaya-pitaka (third part, khandhaka) contains many Pali original words, but transliterated using a system similar to the I...

On six cases when one may ordain

Kd.1.37.1–18 “Monks, if a monk is possessed of six qualities … Vin.1.67 Vin.1.68 he should not ordain, he should not give guidance, a novice should not attend him.[1]

Kd.1.37.2 Told is the Portion of sixteen times[2] six (cases) when one may ordain. Vin.1.69

Footnotes and references:


Vinaya Texts i.186, n.1 points out that BD.1.37 is “identical with Kd.1.36.2–1.36.15, but for the sixth case which, throughout BD.1.37, is added each time at the end of the five cases given in BD.1.36”: “if he is of less than ten years’ standing” and “if he is of ten years’ standing or more than ten years’ standing” respectively.


Vinaya Texts i.186, n.2, points out that this should be “Fourteen times”, for where the first four items in Kd.1.36.15 and Kd.1.36.17 are the same as one another and only the last in each is different, thus together making a total of six items, in Kd.1.37.13, Kd.1.37.14 there is no repetition and these six items form one group and no more.

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