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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-12 : Allowed are Cattle-Pen, Caravan, Ship. Not Allowed are Hollow & Branch of Tree, open air, graveyard etc.

1. At that time a Bhikkhu desired to enter upon vassa(rains) in a cattle-pen.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to enter upon Vassa in a cattle-pen: The cattle-pen was moved from its place.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to go with the cattle-pen.'

2. At that time a Bhikkhu, when the time for entering upon Vassa approached, desired to go on a journey with a caravan.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to enter upon vassa(rains) in a caravan.'

At that time a Bhikkhu, when the time for entering upon Vassa approached desired to go on a journey in a ship.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I allow you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), to enter upon Vassa in a ship.'

3. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) in a hollow tree. People were annoyed, murmured, and became angry: '(These Bhikkhus behave) like goblins.'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa in a hollow tree. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

4. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) on a branch of a tree. People were annoyed, &c.: '(These Bhikkhus behave) like huntsmen.'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa on a branch of a tree. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

5. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) in the open air. When it began to rain, they ran up to the foot of a tree, or to the hollow of a Nimba tree.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa in the open air. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

6. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) without having a place of rest. They suffered from coldness and heat.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa without having a place of rest. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

7. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) in a house for keeping dead bodies in. People were annoyed, &c.: '(These Bhikkhus are) like those who burn corpses.'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa in a house for keeping dead bodies. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

8. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) under a sun-shade. People were annoyed, &c.: 'Like cowherds.'

They told this thilig to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa under a sun-shade. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

9. At that time some Bhikkhus entered upon vassa(rains) under an earthenware vessel. People were annoyed, &c.: 'Like Titthiyas.'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), enter upon Vassa under an earthenware vessel. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

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