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Adapted from Translation by Thanissaro Bhikku, T.W.Rhys Davids & Hermann Oldenberg.


THE PATIMOKKHA

4. ANIYATA DHAMMA

(RULES REGARDING INDEFINITE MATTERS)

Here, venerable Sirs, the two Rules regarding indefinite matters come into recitation.

1. Should any bhikkhu sit in private, alone with a woman on a seat secluded enough to lend itself (to sexual intercourse), so that a female lay follower whose word can be trusted, having seen (them), might describe it as constituting any of three cases — entailing defeat, communal meetings, or confession — then the bhikkhu, acknowledging having sat (there), may be dealt with in line with any of the three cases — entailing defeat, communal meetings, or confession — or he may be dealt with for whichever case the female lay follower whose word can be trusted described. This case is indefinite.

2. In case a seat is not sufficiently secluded to lend itself (to sexual intercourse) but sufficiently so to address lewd words to a woman, should any bhikkhu sit in private, alone with a woman on such a seat, so that a female lay follower whose word can be trusted, having seen (them), might describe it as constituting either of two cases — entailing communal meetings or confession — then the bhikkhu, acknowledging having sat (there), may be dealt with in line with either of the two cases — entailing communal meetings or confession — or he is to be dealt with in line with whichever case the female lay follower whose word can be trusted described. This case too is indefinite.

Venerable Sirs, the two Rules regarding indefinite have been recited.

In respect of them I ask the venerable ones, 'Are you pure in this matter?'

A second time I ask the venerable ones, 'Are you pure in this matter?'

A third time I ask the venerable ones, 'Are you pure in this matter ?'

The venerable ones are pure in this. Therefore do they keep silence. Thus I understand.

Here ends the recitation of the Aniyatas(rules for indefinite matters).

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