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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-50 : No Ordination on Those Below 15 Years.

At that time a certain family had died of pestilence; only a father and his son were left; they received the pabbajja ordination with the Bhikkhus and went together on their rounds for alms. Now that boy, when food was given to his father, ran up to him and said: 'Give some to me too, father; give some to me too, father.'

People were annoyed, &c.: 'These Sakyaputtiya Samanas live an impure life; this boy is a Bhikkhuni's son.'

Some Bhikkhus heard, &c.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha, &c. 'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), confer the pabbajja ordination on a boy under fifteen years of age. He who does, is guilty of a dukkata offence.'

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