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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-2 : Establishing Two Periods for Entering Vassa.

1. Now the Bhikkhus thought: 'When are we to enter upon vassa(rains)?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that you enter upon Vassa in the rainy season.'

2. Then the Bhikkhus thought: 'How many periods are there for entering upon vassa(rains)?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'There are two periods, O Bhikkhus(Monks), for entering upon vassa(rains), the earlier and the later. The earlier time for entering (upon vassa(rains)) is the day after the full moon of Asarha (June-July); the later, a month after the full moon of Asarha. These, O Bhikkhus(Monks), are the two periods for entering upon vassa(rains)..'

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