Category Archives: Translation

Posadha

This skandhaka provides information about posadha, the fortnightly recitation of precepts. Specifics are provided for how, when, and where to recite the precepts. Other important themes include territories, taking leave, handling offenses, travelling on posadha day, and exceptional circumstances. Posadha … Continue reading

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Kausambi

This chapter provides an account of events that nearly led to a split in the Sangha, as well as the reactions of clergy, laity, and the Buddha. It also contains useful advice from the Buddha for dealing with such cases. … Continue reading

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Ordination 5

This is the fifth and final portion of the Ordination skandhaka. In this portion, the Buddha gives instructions for the ordination procedure, notably including instruction on the thirteen possible hindrances to ordination, the four parajayikas, and the four supports. Numerous … Continue reading

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Kathina Robe

During the time of the Buddha, it was customary for lay Buddhists to donate robes to the Sangha at the conclusion of the summer rains retreat. This relationship was strengthened when the Sangha formally receives the robe of merit, or … Continue reading

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Ordination 4

As the Buddha’s original Sangha grew, incidents occurred which made it necessary to create new guidelines and regulations. The fourth part of the Ordination chapter deals with two major themes: matters concerning younger bhiksus, and criteria for admission. The relationship of dependence … Continue reading

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Ordination 3

In the third part of the Ordination chapter, the Buddha converts his first 1,250 disciples: Uruvilva Kasyapa and his 500 disciples, Nadi Kasyapa and his 300 disciples, Gaya Kasyapa and his 200 disciples, and Sanjaya Vairati and his 250 disciples. … Continue reading

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Bhiksuni

The Bhiksuni skandhaka contains the account of Ananda asking the Buddha to allow ordination for women and describes the ordination procedure for nuns. It also lists the eight guru-dharmas, as well as the sramaneri(ka) and siksamana precepts. Both parts of the … Continue reading

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