Vinaya Pitaka (4): Parivara

by I. B. Horner | 2014 | 150,781 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 analyses the rules from various points of view. The English translation of the Vinaya-pitaka (fourth part, parivara) contains many Pali original words, but transliterated using a system similar...

8. Answers About The Beginning Of Observance

Prv.8.1.1 Vin.5.142 BD.6.230 [1] What is the beginning of a (formal) act for Observance, what is in the middle, what is the ending? What is the beginning of a (formal) act for Invitation … What is the beginning of a (formal) act of censure … of guidance … of banishment … of reconciliation … of suspension … of imposing probation, of sending back to the beginning, of inflicting mānatta (discipline), of rehabilitation, what is the beginning of a (formal) act for ordination, what is in the middle, what is the ending? What is the beginning of a nullification of a (formal) act of censure … of guidance … of banishment … of reconciliation … of suspension … What is the beginning of a verdict of innocence … of a verdict of past insanity … of a decision for specific depravity … of a covering over (as) with grass … What is the beginning of an agreement as to an exhorter of nuns … of an agreement to be away, separated from the three robes … of an agreement as to a rug[2] … of an agreement as to a silver-remover[3] … as to an assigner of outer cloaks[4] … as to an assigner of bowls[5] … as to a walking-staff[6] … as to string[7] … as to a walking-staff and string,[8] what is in the middle, what is the ending?

What is the beginning of a (formal) act for Observance, what is in the middle, what is the ending? The “being all together”[9] is the beginning of a (formal) act for Observance, carrying out[10] is in the middle, the conclusion is the ending. What is the beginning of a (formal) act for Invitation … ? The “being all together” is the beginning … the conclusion is the ending. What is the beginning of a (formal) act of censure … of guidance … of banishment … of reconciliation BD.6.231 … of suspension … of imposing probation … of sending back to the beginning … of inflicting mānatta (discipline) … of rehabilitation … The matter and the individual are the beginning, a motion is in the middle, a resolution is the ending.[11] What is the beginning for a (formal) act of ordination … ? The individual is the beginning of a (formal) act for ordination, a motion is in the middle, a resolution is the ending.

What is the beginning of a nullification of a (formal) act of censure … of guidance … of banishment … of reconciliation … of suspension, what is in the middle, what is the ending? Proper conduct is the beginning, a motion is in the middle, a resolution is the ending.[12]

What is the beginning of a verdict of innocence … Vin.5.143 of a verdict of past insanity … of a decision for specific depravity … of a covering over (as) with grass … of an agreement as to an exhorter of nuns … of an agreement as to a walking-staff and string, what is in the middle, what is the ending? The matter and the individual are the beginning, a motion is in the middle, a resolution is the ending.

Footnotes and references:

1.

Note by Sujato: In Horner’s edition this chapter and the next were regarded as sections of the same chapter. I have adjusted this to follow the more logical structure of the Mahāsaṅgīti edition. Thus the following chapters are numbered one greater than in her edition. Also see note on Prv.4. Horner’s note on this point, which is now rendered obsolete, was: “It would seem that this title has been adopted by Oldenberg from Vin-a.1346, and refers to [1] only, [2] being called Atthavasappakaraṇa.”

6.

Kd.15.24.2. For this and next see above Prv.7.3 (towards end).

9.

See Kd.2.14.

10.

Vin-a.1346 speaks of pubbakiccaṃ katvā, perhaps referring to Kd.2.20.