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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-28 : Cases of No-Offence While Unaware of Incompleteness.

1. At that time there assembled in a certain residence (of Bhikkhus) at the day of Uposatha a number of resident Bhikkhus, four or more. They did not know that there were other resident Bhikkus absent. Intending to act according to Dhamma and Vinaya, thinking themselves to be complete while (really) incomplete, they held Uposatha and recited the Patimokkha. While they were reciting the Patimokkha, other resident Bhikkhus, a greater number (than the first ones), arrived.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

2. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble in a certain residence at the day of Uposatha, &c. (§ 1); while they are reciting the Patimokkha, other resident Bhikkhus, a greater number, arrive; let those Bhikkhus, O Bhikkhus(Monks), recite the Patimokkha again; they who have recited it, are free from guilt.

3. In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble, &c.; while they are reciting the Patimokkha, other resident Bhikkhus, exactly the same number (as the first ones), arrive; in that case (the part of the Patimokkha) that has been recited, has been correcty recited; let those (who have arrived late), hear the rest; they who have recited it, are free from guilt.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble, &c.; while they are reciting the Patimokkha, other resident Bhikkhus, a smaller number, arrive, &c.

4. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble, &c.; when they have just finished the recital of the Patimokkha, other resident Bhikkhus, &c.

5. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble, &c.; when they have just finished the recital of the Patimokkha, and the assembly has not yet risen, other resident Bhikkhus, &c.

6. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble, &c.; when they have just finished the recital of the Patimokkha, and a part of the assembly has risen, &c.

7. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), there assemble, &c.; when they have just finished the reciia~ of the Patimokkha, and the whole assembly has risen, &c.'

End of the fifteen cases in which there is no offence.

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