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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-4 : Not to Leave District During Vassa ; Obeying The King.

1. At that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus were not willing to enter upon vassa(rains).

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), refuse to enter upon vassa(rains). He who does not enter upon Vassa, commits a dukkata offence.'

2. At that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus, who were not willing to enter upon vassa(rains) on the prescribed day, purposely left the district (where they were living).

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Let no one, O Bhikkhus(Monks), purposely leave the district (where he is living), because he is not willing to enter upon vassa(rains) on the prescribed day. He who does, commits a dukkata offence.'

3. At that time the Magadha king Seniya Bimbisara, who wished that the vassa(rains) period might be postponed, sent a messenger to the Bhikkhus: 'What if their reverences were to enter upon vassa(rains) on the next full moon day?'

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'I prescribe, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that you obey kings.'

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