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Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg


THE MAHAVAGGA

THIRD KHANDHAKA (RESIDENCE DURING THE RAINY SEASON,VASSA)

Chapter-11 : To Leave Due to Lack of food or Medicine. To Leave When Enticed by Harlot, Eunuch, king, Relation etc. for Money,Gold,Property, Pleasure etc.

1. At that time the Bhikkhus of a certain district in the Kosala countly who had entered upon vassa(rains), could get (there) neither coarse nor fine food sufficiently as required.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus who have entered upon Vassa, can get neither coarse nor fine food sufficiently as required. This is to be considered as a case of danger, and they thought to leave that residence. They are not guilty of interruption of Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus who have entered upon vassa(rains), get food coarse or fine sufficiently as required, but they cannot get sustaining food. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

2. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus who have entered upon vassa(rains), get food coarse or fine sufficiently as required, they get sustaining food, but they cannot get proper medicine. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus . . . . (&c., as § 1, down to) . . . . sustaining food, and they can get profitable medicine, but they cannot find suitable laymen to do service to them. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

3. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), a woman makes an offer (in these words): "Come, venerable Sir, I give you gold, or I give you bullion, or I give you a field, or I give you a site (for a house or a garden), or I give you an ox, or I give you a cow, or I give you a slave, or I give you a female slave, or I give you my daughter as your wife, or I will be your wife, or I get another wife for you." In that case, if the Bhikkhu thinks: "The Lord Buddha has said that the mind of men is easily changeable; danger might arise to the purity of my life," he ought to go away from that place. He is not guilty of interruption of Vassa.

4. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), a harlot makes an offer, &c., an adult girl makes an offer, &c., a eunuch makes an offer, &c., relations make an offer, &c., kings make an offer, &c., robbers make an offer, &c., rascals make an offer (in these words): "Come, venerable Sir, we give you gold, . . . . (&c., down to) . . . . or we give you our daughter as your wife, or we get another wife for you." In that case, . . . . (&c., as in § 3 down to) . . . . Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), finds an ownerless treasure. In that case, . . . . ( &c., as in § 3 down to) . . . . Vassa.

5. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), sees a number of Bhikkhus who strive to cause divisions in the Sangha. In that case, if that Bhikkhu thinks: "The Lord Buddha has said that it is a grievous sin to cause divisions in the Sangha; may no divsion arise in the Sangha in my presence," let him go away. He is not guilty of interruption of Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), hears: "A number of Bhikkhus are striving to cause divisions in the Sangha." In that case, . . . . ( &c., as in § 5 down to) . . . . Vassa.

6. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), hears: "In such and such a district a number of Bhikkhus are striving to cause divisions in the Sangha." If that Bhikkhu thinks: "Those Bhikkhus are friends of mine; I will say to them: 'The Lord Buddha, my friends, has said that it is a grievous sin to cause divisions in the Sangha; let not divisions in the Sangha please you, Sirs;' then they will do what I say, they will obey me and give ear," in that case let him go (to that place). He is not guilty of interruption of Vassa.

7. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), hears: "In such and such a district a number of Bhikkhus are striving to cause divisions in the Sangha." If that Bhikkhu thinks: "Those Bhikkhus are not friends of mine, but their friends are friends of mine; to these I will say, and they will say to their friends: 'The Lord Buddha, . . . . ( &c., as in § 6 down to) . . . . Vassa.

8. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), hears: "In such and such a district divisions in the Sangha have been caused by a number of Bhikkhus." If that Bhikkhu . . . . ( &c., as in § 6 down to) . . . . Vassa.

9. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), hears: "In such and such a district divisions in the Sangha have been caused by a number of Bhikkhus." If that Bhikkhu . . . . (&c., as in § 7 down to) . . . . Vassa.

10-13. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), a Bhikkhu who has entered upon vassa(rains), hears: "In such and such a district a number of Bhikkhunis(Nuns) strive to cause divisions in the Sangha . . . . (&c.)"'

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