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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-3 : No Travel During Vassa.

1. At that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus, having entered upon vassa(rains), went on their travels during the period of Vassa. People were annoyed, murmured, and became angry (saying), 'How can the Sakyaputtiya Samanas go on their travels alike during winter, summer, and the rainy season, . . . (&c., as in chap. 1. 2, down to:) and destroy the life of many small living things?'

2. Now some Bhikkhus heard those people that were annoyed, murmured, and had become angry. The moderate Bhikkhus were annoyed, murmured, and became angry (saying), 'How can the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus, having entered upon vassa(rains), go on their travels during the period of Vassa?'

These Bhikkhus told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

In consequence of that and on this occasion the Lord Buddha, after having delivered a dhamma discourse, thus addressed the Bhikkhus:

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), who has entered upon vassa(rains), go on his travels before he has kept Vassa during the earlier or during the later three months. He who does so, commits a dukkata offence.'

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