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


THE MAHAVAGGA

SECOND KHANDHAKA (THE UPOSATHA CEREMONY, AND THE PATIMOKKHA)

Chapter-14 : Only the Uposatha which is Lawful and Also Complete, Should be Held.

1. Now the Bhikkhus thought: 'How many Uposatha (days) are there?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'There are the following two Uposatha (days), O Bhikkhus(Monks), the fourteenth and the fifteenth (of the half month); these are the two Uposatha (days), O Bhikkhus.'

2. Now the Bhikkhus thought: 'How many Uposatha services are there?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'There are the following four Uposatha services. O Bhikkhus: the Uposatha service which is held unlawfully (by an) incomplete (congregation), the Uposatha service which is held unlawfully (by a) complete (congregation), the Uposatha service which is held lawfully (by an) incomplete (congregation), the Uposatha service which is held lawfully (by a) complete; (congregation).

3. Now, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Uposatha service Which is held unlawfully (by an) incomplete (congregation), such an Uposatha service, O Bhikkhus(Monks), ought not to be held, nor is such an Uposatha service allowed by me. Now, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Uposatha service which is held unlawfully (by a) complete (congregation), such an Uposatha service, O Bhikkus, ought not to be held, nor is such an Uposatha service allowed by me. Now, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Uposatha service which is held lawfully (by an) incomplete (congregation), such an Uposatha service, O Bhikkhus(Monks), ought not to be held, nor is such an Uposatha service allowed by me. Now, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Uposatha service which is held lawfully (by a) complete (congregation), such an Uposatha service, O Bhikkhus(Monks), ought to be held, and such an Uposatha service is allowed by me. Therefore, O Bhikkhus(Monks), you ought to train yourselves thus: "The Uposatha service which is held lawfully (by a) complete (congregation), such an Uposatha service will we hold."'

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