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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-9 : Leave due to Beasts, Snakes, Robbers, Demons, Fire, Lack of Food & Floods.

1. At that time the Bhikkhus of a certain district in the Kosala country who had entered upon vassa(rains) were troubled by beasts of prey; the beasts carried them off and killed them.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus who have entered upon vassa(rains), are troubled by beasts of prey, and the beasts carry them off and kill them: this is to be considered as a case of danger, and they ought 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), are infested by snakes; they bite them and kill them. This is to be considered as a case of danger, . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

2. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus who have entered upon vassa(rains), are troubled by robbers; the robbers plunder them and beat them. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the Bhikkhus who have entered upon vassa(rains), are troubled by demons; the demons enter into them and take their power from them. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

3. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the village near which the Bhikkhus have entered upon vassa(rains), is destroyed by fire; the Bhikkhus suffer from want of food. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the places of rest of the Bhikkhus who have entered upon vassa(rains), are destroyed by fire; the Bhikkhus suffer from having no place of rest. This is to be considered . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

4. 'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the village near which the Bhikkhus have entered upon vassa(rains), is destroyed by water; the Bhikkhus suffer from want of food, . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.

'In case, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the places of rest of the Bhikkhus who have entered upon Vassa, are destroyed by water; the Bhikkhus suffer from having no place of rest, . . . . ( &c., as in § 1 down to) . . . . Vassa.'

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