Tecivarika; 1 Definition(s)


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One of the Thirteen Dhutaygas.

The Pali term "ticivara" means "three robes", that is to say the robe of the bottom (antaravasaka), the upper robe (uttarasayga) and the double robe (saygha†i).

"ti" = "three pieces"; "civara" = "robe (utilised by a bhikkhu)"

The bhikkhu who confines himself to utilise only three robes is called a "tecivarika". When this practice is appropriately carried out, with steadiness and diligence, with the determination of not to break it, we say that there is "tecivarikayga " (spirit underlying a use limited to three robes).

The bhikkhu who adopts the dhutayga tecivarika must, apart from his three robes, renounce to any other piece of cloth whose surface corresponds to the one of a cloth requiring a determination (thus a minimum of a cubit and a span in length by a span and six phalanxes in breadth).

According to restrictions, there do exist three kinds of practitioners of the tecivarika dhutayga:

  1. ukkattha tecivarika, the noble practitioner of the tecivarika dhutayga
  2. majjhima tecivarika, the intermediate practitioner of the tecivarika dhutayga
  3. mudu tecivarika, the ordinary practitioner of the tecivarika dhutayga
Source: Dhamma Dana: The 13 Ascetic Practices of Buddhist Monks

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