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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-8 : Establishment of a Single Place for Confession(Patimokkha) and its Announcement.

1. At that time the Bhikkhus recited the Patimokkha in their successive cells without appointing (a certain place for doing so). The Bhikkhus who arrived (from distant places), did not know where the Uposatha was to be held that day.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), recite the Patimokkha in the successive cells without appointing a certain place for it. He who recites it (in this way), commits a dukkata offence. I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the holding of Uposatha after having fixed upon an Uposatha hall, wherever the Sangha likes, a Vihara(monastery), or an Addhayoga, or a storied building, or a house, or a cave. And you ought to appoint it in this way:

2. 'Let a learned, competent Bhikkhu proclaim the following natti before the Sangha: "Let the Sangha, reverend Sirs, hear me. If the Sangha is ready, let the Sangha appoint the Vihara called N. N. to be our Uposatha hall. This is the natti(motion) Let the Sangha, reverend Sirs, hear me. The Sangha appoints, &c. Thus I understand." ,

3. At that time there were in a certain residence (or district) two Uposatha halls fixed upon. The Bhikkhus assembled in both places, because (some of them) thought, 'The Uposatha will be held here;' (and some), 'It will be held there.'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), fix upon two Uposatha halls in one district. He who does so, commits a dukkata offence. I ordain, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the abolishing of one of them, and the holding of Uposatha ( only) in one place.

4. 'And you ought to abolish it, O Bhikkhus(Monks), in this way: Let a learned, competent Bhikkhu proclaim the following natti before the Sangha: "Let the Sangha, reverend Sirs, hear me. If the Sangha is ready, the Sangha may abolish the Uposatha hall called N.N. This is the natti. Let the Sangha, &c. Thus I understand."'

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