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



Chapter-5 : Foot Coverings Allowed for Those With Diseased Feet.

1. Now at that time a certain Bhikkhu had an eruption on his feet. They used to carry that Bhikkhu out when he wanted to ease himself. The Lord Buddha as he was passing through the sleeping places (of the Bhikkhus) saw them (doing so), and going up to them, he said:

2. 'What is the disease, O Bhikkhus(Monks), from which this Bhikkhu suffers?'

This venerable brother has an eruption on his feet, Lord, and we are carrying him out to ease himself.'

Then, on that occasion, the Lord Buddha, having delivered a dhamma discourse, addressed the Bhikkhus, and said:

'I allow, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the use of foot coverings

by one whose feet hurt him, or are blistered, or who has an eruption on his feet.'

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