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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-6 : Establishment of Landmarkas Boundary of Each Residence for Patimokkha Recitation.

Now the Bhikkhus thought: 'The Lord Buddha has prescribed that completeness (of the assembled fraternity) is to extend as far as one residence. Now how far does one residence extend?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus; that you determine a boundary. And it ought to be determined, O Bhikkus, in this way: First the landmarks are to be proclaimed: a landmark consisting in a mountain, in a rock, in a wood, in a tree, in a path, in an anthill, in a river, in a piece of water. The landmarks having been proclaimed, let a learned, competent Bhikkhu proclaim the following natti(motion) before the Sangha: "Let the Sangha, reverend Sirs, hear me. If the Sangha is ready, let the Sangha, as the landmarks have been proclaimed all around, by these land marks determine the boundary for common residence and communion of Uposatha. This is the natti(motion). Let the Sangha, reverend Sirs, hear me. The Sangha determines the boundary (&c., as above). Thus I understand."'

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