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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-79 : Re-Admissibility of Expelled Monk.

1. At that time a certain Bhikkhu against whom expulsion had been pronounced for his refusal to see an offence (committed by himself), returned to the world. Afterwards he came back to the Bhikkhus and asked them for the upasampada ordination.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that a Bhikkhu against whom expulsion has been pronounced for his refusal to see an offence (committed by himself), returns to the world, and afterwards comes back to the Bhikkhus and asks them for the upasampada ordination, let them say to him: "Will you see that offence?" If he replies: "I will see it," let him be admitted to the pabbajja ordination; if he replies: "I will not see it," let him not be admitted to the pabbajja ordination.

2. 'When he has received the pabbajja ordination let them say to him: "Will you see that offence?" If he says: "I will see it," let him be admitted to the upasampada ordination; if he says: "I will not see it," let him not be admitted to the upasampada ordination.

'When he has received the upasampada ordination (&c., as before). If he says: "I will see it," let him be restored; if he says: "I will not see it," let him not be restored.

'When he has been restored, let them say to him: "Do you see that offence?" If he sees it, well and good; if he does not see it, let them expel him again, if it is possible to bring about unanimity (of the fraternity for the sentence of expulsion); if that is impossible, it is no offence to live and to dwell together (with such a Bhikkhu).

3. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that a Bhikkhu against whom expulsion has been pronounced for his refusal to atone for an offence (committed by himself), &c. When he has been restored, let them say to him: "Atone now for that offence." If he atones for it, well and good, &c.

4. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that a Bhikkhu against whom expulsion has been pronounced for his refusal to renounce a false doctrine, &c. When he has been restored, let them say to him: "Renounce now that false doctrine." If he renounces it, well and good, &c.'

End of the first Khandhaka, which is called the Great Khandhaka.

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