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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-72 : Not to Live With Shameless Monks.

1. At that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus gave a nissaya to shameless Bhikkhus.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), give a nissaya to shameless Bhikkhus. He who does, is guilty of a dukkata offence.'

At that time some Bhikkhus lived in dependence on shameless Bhikkhus (i.e. they received a nissaya from them, they chose them for their upajjhayas or achariyas(teachers)); before long they became also shameless, bad Bhikkhus.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), live in dependence on shameless Bhikkhus. He who does, is guilty of a dukkata offence.'

2. Now the Bhikkhus thought: 'The Lord Buddha has prescribed that we shall not give a nissaya to shameless Bhikkhus, nor live in dependence on shameless Bhikkhus. Now how are we to discern modest and shameless persons?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that you wait first four or five days until you have seen how a Bhikkhu behaves to the other Bhikkhus.'

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