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Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg


MAHAVAGGA

FIRST KHANDHAKA(THE FORMATION OF THE ORDER OF BHIKKHUS)

Chapter-12 : Buddha allows Initiation by Other Bhikkus(Monks).

1. At that time the Bhikkhus brought (to Buddha), from different regions and different countries, persons who desired to obtain the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations, thinking: 'The Lord Buddha will confer on them the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations.' Thus both the Bhikkhus became tired (from the journey), and also those who desired to obtain the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations. Now when the Lord Buddha was alone and had retired into solitude, the following consideration presented itself to his mind: 'The Bhikkhus now bring to me from different regions and different countries persons who desire to obtain the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations, thinking: "The Lord Buddha will confer on them the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations." Now both the Bhikkhus become tired, and also those who desire to obtain the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations. What if I were to grant permission to the Bhikkhus, saying: "Confer from now on, O Bhikkhus(Monks), in the different regions, and in the different countries, the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations yourselves (on those who desire to receive them)."'

2. And the Lord Buddha, having left the solitude in the evening, in consequence of that, and on this occasion, after having delivered a dhamma discourse, thus addressed the Bhikkhus(Monks): 'When I was alone, a Bhikkhus, and had retired into solitude, the following consideration, &c. What if I were to permit, . . . .' (&c., as in § 1).

3. 'I grant you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), this permission: Confer from now on in the different regions and in the different countries the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations yourselves (on those who desire to receive them). And you ought, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to confer the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations in this way: Let him (who desires to receive the ordination), first have his hair and beard cut off; let him put on yellow robes, adjust his upper robe so as to cover one shoulder, salute the feet of the Bhikkhus (with his head), and sit down squatting; then let him raise his joined hands and tell him to say:

4. '"I take my refuge in the Buddha, I take my refuge in the Dhamma, I take my refuge in the Sangha. And for the second time I take (&c. . . . . Sangha). And for the third time I take my refuge in the Buddha, and for the third time I take my refuge in the Dhamma, and for the third time I take my refuge in the Sangha."

'I prescribe, a Bhikkhus, the pabbajja and upasampada ordinations consisting in the three times repeated declaration of taking refuge (in the holy triad - Triratna - Three Gems).'

End of the account of the upasampada ordination by the threefold declaration of taking refuge.

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