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...

The story of a slave

Kd.1.47.1 Now at that time a certain slave, having run away, came to have gone forth among the monks. The mistresses,[1] having seen (him), spoke thus: “This is our very slave. Come along, let us bring him (back).[2]” … as in BD.1.46

Monks, a slave should not be let go forth. Whoever BD.4.96 should let (one such) go forth, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

Footnotes and references:


ayyikā. At Vin.1.371, the variant reading sāmikā is given. A small piece of evidence that women ruled the household, rather than their husbands.


nema, as in Kd.1.42.2 and Kd.1.46.1.