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


THE MAHAVAGGA

FIFTH KHANDHAKA(RULES FOR FOOT-CLOTHING, SEATS, VEHICLES, ETC.)

Chapter-2 : Buddha Disallows fancy footwear for Austerity.

1. Now at that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus were in the habit of wearing slippers all of a blue, yellow, red, brown, black, orange, or yellowish colour . People were annoyed, murmured, and became angry, saying, '(These act) like those who still enjoy the pleasures of the world.' The brethren told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Do not wear, O Bhikkhus(Monks), shoes that are all of a blue, yellow, red, brown, black, orange, or yellowish colour. Whosoever does so, is guilty of a dukkata offence.'

2. Now at that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus were in the habit of wearing shoes with edges of a blue, yellow, red, brown, black, orange, or yellowish colour.

People were annoyed, murmured, and became angry, saying, 'These act like those who still enjoy the pleasures of the world.' The brethren told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Do not wear, O Bhikkhus(Monks), shoes that have edges of a blue, yellow, red, brown, black, orange, or yellowish colour. Whosoever does so, is guilty of a dukkata offence.'

3. Now at that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus were in the habit of wearing shoes with heel-coverings ; mocassins; laced boots ; boots lined with cotton ; boots of various hues, like the wings of pareridges; boots pointed with rams' horns, and with goats' horns ; ornamented with scorpions' tails ; sewn round with peacocks' feathers ; or shoes of all kinds of colours.

People were annoyed (&c., as in § 2, down to:) told this thing to the Lord Buddha.

'Do not wear, O Bhikkhus(Monks), shoes with heel-coverings (&c., as in § 3, down to:) shoes of all kinds of colours. Whosoever does so, is guilty of a dukkata offence.'

4. Now at that time the Chabbaggiya Bhikkhus were in the habit of wearing shoes adorned with lion-skins, tiger-skins, panther-skins, antelope-skins, otter-skins, cat-skins, squirrel-skins, and owl-skins.

People were annoyed (&c., as in § 3, down to the end, substituting 'shoes adorned with lion-skins, &c.,' for 'shoes with heel-coverings, &c.')

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