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


THE MAHAVAGGA

FIRST KHANDHAKA(THE FORMATION OF THE ORDER OF BHIKKHUS)

Chapter-35 : Only Learned Competent Bhikkus to Have Disciples.

1, 2. At that time ignorant, unlearned Bhikkhus (who said), 'We have completed ten years (since our upasampada), we have completed ten years,' gave a nissaya (i.e. they received young Bhikkhus as their antevasikas); (thus) ignorant achariyas(teachers) were found and clever antevasikas; unlearned achariyas(teachers) were found and learned antevasikas; achariyas(teachers) were found who had small knowledge, and antevasikas who had great knowledgc; foolish achariyas(teachers) were found and wise antevasikas. The moderate Bhikkhus were annoyed (&c., as in chap. 31, 7, 8).

'Let no ignorant, unlearned Bhikkhu, O Bhikkhus(Monks), give a nissaya. If he does, he is guilty of a dukkata offence. I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that only a learned, competent Bhikkhu who has completed ten years, or more than ten years, may give a nissaya.

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