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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-19 : Uposatha Day to Be Announced by a Thera(Elder Monk).

At that time Bhikkhus who did not know that it was Uposatha day, went for alms to a distant village. They came back when the Patimokkha was being recited, or when it just had been recited.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks),that you proclaim: "To-day is Uposatha."'

Now the Bhikkhus thought: 'Who is to proclaim so?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that the Thera is to proclaim (the day of Uposatha) in due time.'

At that time a certain Thera did not think of it in due time.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to proclaim it also at meal time.'

(The Thera) did not think of it at meal time either.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I allow, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to proclaim it whenever (the Thera) thinks of it.'

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