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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-25 : Madman's Leave.

1. Then the Lord Buddha thus addressed the Bhikkhus: 'Assemble, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Sangha has duties (official acts) to perform.' When he had spoken thus, a certain Bhikkhu said to the Lord Buddha: 'There is a mad Bhikkhu, Lord, called Janjja, who is not present.' 'There are, O Bhikkhus(Monks), two sorts of madmen: There is one mad Bhikkhu who now remembers the Uposatha, now does not remember it, who now remembers official acts (of the Order), now does not remember them, (and) there is (another mad Bhikkhu) who does not remember them; one who now goes to Uposatha, now does not go, who now goes to official acts, now does not go, (and another) who does not go.

2. 'Now, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that madman that now remembers, &c., that now goes to, &c., to such a madman I prescribe that you grant ummattakasammuti (i.e. the madman's leave).

3. 'And you ought, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to grant it in this way: Let a learned, competent Bhikkhu proclaim the following natti(motion) before the Sangha: "Let the Sangha, reverend Sirs, hear me. Janjja, a mad Bhikkhu, now remembers the Uposatha, now does not remember, &c., now goes to, &c.; if the Sangha is ready, let the Sangha grant ummattakasammuti to the mad Bhikkhu Janjja: let the Bhikkhu Janjja remember or not remember Uposatha, remember or not remember official acts (of the Order), let him go to Uposatha or not go, let him go to official acts or not go: (in every case) it may be free to the Sangha to hold Uposatha and to perform, official acts with Janjja as well as without Janjja. This is the natti.

4. '"Let the Sangha, &c. Janjja, a mad Bhikkhu, &c.; the Sangha grants, &c. Thus I understand."'

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