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Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg


THE MAHAVAGGA

FOURTH KHANDHAKA(PAVARANA CEREMONY AT THE END OF THE RAINY SEASON,VASSA)

Chapter-7 to 13 : When Present Bhikkus are Unaware of Absent Bhikkus.

1. At that time there assembled in a certain residence (or district) on the day of Pavarana a number of resident Bhikkhus, five or more. They did not know that there were other resident Bhikkhus absent. Intending to act according to Dhamma and Vinaya, thinking themselves to be complete while (really) incomplete, they held Pavarana. While they were holding Pavarana, other resident Bhikkhus, a greater number (than the first ones), arrived.

They told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

2. 'In case there assemble, O Bhikkhus(Monks), in a certain residence on the day of Pavarana (&c., as in § 1, down to) they hold Pavarana. While they are holding Pavarana, other resident Bhikkhus, a greater number, arrive. Let (all) those Bhikkhus, O Bhikkhus(Monks), hold Pavarana again; they who have held Pavarana, are free from guilt

3. 'In case there assemble, &c. While they are holding Pavarana, other resident Bhikkhus, exactly the same number (as the first ones), arrive. Those who have held Pavarana, have held it correctly; let the other ones hold Pavarana; they who have held Pavarana, are free from guilt.'

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