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...

Seeing a blameworthy person

Kd.2.36.1Monks, the Pātimokkha should not be recited in a seated assembly (of monks) before a nun. Whoever should (so) recite it, there is an offence of wrong-doing. Monks, the Pātimokkha should not be recited in a seated assembly (of monks) before a probationer … a novice … a woman novice … one who has disavowed the training … one who has committed an extreme offence. Whoever should (so) recite it, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

Kd.2.36.2 “The Pātimokkha should not be recited in a seated assembly before one suspended for not seeing an offence. Whoever should (so) recite it should be dealt with according to the rule.[1] The Pātimokkha should not be recited in a seated assembly before one suspended for not making amends for an offence … before one suspended for not giving up a wrong view. Whoever should (so) recite it should be dealt with according to the rule.[2]

Kd.2.36.3The Pātimokkha should not be recited in a seated assembly before a eunuch.[3] Whoever should (so) recite it, there is an offence of wrong-doing. The Pātimokkha should not be recited in a seated assembly before Vin.1.136 one living in communion as it were by theftbefore one who has gone over to a sectbefore an animalbefore a matricidebefore a parricidebefore a slayer of one perfectedbefore a seducer of a nunbefore a schismaticbefore a shedder of (a Truth-finder’s) bloodbefore a hermaphrodite.[4] Whoever should (so) recite it, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

Kd.2.36.4 “Monks, Observance should not be carried out by declaring the entire purity of one on probation[5] unless the assembly has not risen. And, monks, Observance should not be carried BD.4.181 out on a non-Observance day unless the Order be unanimous”[6]

The Third Portion for Repeating in the Section on Observance.

In this Section are eighty-six items. This is its key:

Other sects and Bimbisāra,
they assembled together in silence,
on dhamma, in private,
on the Pātimokkha, daily, thenceforth once,
According to assembly, for all together,
being all together, and Maddakucchi,
a boundary, extensive, about a river,
successive, two, and small ones,
Newly ordained (monks), and then in Rājagaha,
a boundary (as a place where a monk)
is not away from (his robes),
in agreeing first on the boundary,
afterwards on abolishing the boundary,
When not agreed upon a village boundary,
the throwing of water in river,
sea, lake, they combined,
and likewise they placed within,
How many? (formal) acts, recital,
savages, and if there is not,
dhamma, discipline, they threatened,
again a threat to discipline,
Reproof, if leave is given,
a protest against what is not legally valid,
more than four or five, opinion, intentionally,
and if he would exert himself,
With laymen, unbidden, in Codanā (vatthu),
he did not know,
several did not know, immediately,
and if he should not go,
Which? how many? and to announce at a distance,
he did not remember,
Soiled, a seat, a light, distant parts,
another who has heard much,
Immediately, Observance day and the rains,
and a (formal) act of entire purity, relations,
Gagga, four and three, two and one,
an offence, collective (offence), he remembered, BD.4.182
The whole Order, doubtful, they did not know,
one who has heard much,
a larger, a like, a smaller (number),
and when the assembly has not risen,
Some have risen, all,
and they know, they are doubtful,
Those (acting) badly say, ‘Indeed it is allowable’,
knowing, seeing, and they hear,
Let them come if (a monk) is residing,
the four (sets of) fifteen (cases) again,
the first day of a fortnight (and) the fifteenth,
both communions (by) mark,
One on probation (and) a non-Observance day,
unless the Order be unanimous.
These partitioned keys are needed
for distinguishing the items. Vin.1.137

Footnotes and references:

1.

Probably referring to Bu-Pc.69. See BD.3.28, n.4.

2.

Probably referring to Bu-Pc.69. See BD.3.28, n.4.

3.

As in Kd.2.22.3 above.

4.

As in Kd.2.22.3 above.

5.

pārivāsika. Rules for monks under probation detailed in Kd.12, Kd.13.

6.

See Kd.10.5.14.

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