Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg
FIRST KHANDHAKA(THE FORMATION OF THE ORDER OF BHIKKHUS)
Chapter-56 : Establishing Ten Precepts for the Novices.
Now the novices thought: 'How many precepts are there for us, and in what (precepts) are we to exercise ourselves?'
They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.
'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), ten precepts for the novices, and the exercise of the novices in these (ten precepts), viz. abstinence from destroying life; abstinence from stealing; abstinence from impurity; abstinence from lying; abstinence from arrack and strong drink and intoxicating liquors, which cause indifference (to dhamma); abstinence from eating at forbidden times; abstinence from dancing, singing, music, and seeing spectacles; abstinence from garlands, scents, unguents, ornaments, and finery; abstinence from (the use of) high or broad beds; abstinence from accepting gold or silver. I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), these ten precepts for the novices, and the exercise of the novices in these (ten precepts).'