Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg
FIFTH KHANDHAKA(RULES FOR FOOT-CLOTHING, SEATS, VEHICLES, ETC.)
Chapter-8 : Not to Use Ornamental Shoes.
1. Now when the Lord Buddha had remained at Benares as long as he thought fit, he set out on his journey towards Bhaddiya. And wandering from place to place he came to Bhaddiya: and there, at Bhaddiya, he stayed in the Gatiya Grove.
Now at that time the Bhikkhus at Bhaddiya were accustomed to the use of various kinds of foot coverings for the sake of ornament. They made,
or had made for themselves foot coverings of tina-grass, of munja-grass, of babbaga-grass, of the leaves of the date-palm, of kamala-grass , and of wool . And they neglected instruction, enquiry, morality, self-concentration, and wisdom .
2. The moderate Bhikkhus were annoyed, murmured, and became angry, thinking, 'How can they [do so]?' And those Bhikkhus told this thing to the Lord Buddha.
'Is it true' (&c., as in chap. 4. 2)?
'It is true, Lord.'
The Great Buddha rebuked them, saying, 'How can they [do so]?' This will not conduce (&c., as in chap. 4. 2, down to:) becoming estranged.
3. Having thus rebuked them, and having delivered a dhamma discourse, he thus addressed the Bhikkhus: 'Shoes, O Bhikkhus(Monks), made of tina-grass are not to be worn, or made of munja-grass, or of babbaga-grass, or of leaves of the date-palm, or of kamala-grass, or of wool, nor [ornamented with] gold, or silver, or pearls, or beryls, or crystal, or copper, or glass, or tin, or lead, or bronze. Whosoever does so, is guilty of a dukkata offence.
'And clogs, O Bhikkhus(Monks), that are taken away , are not to be worn. Whosoever does so, is guilty of a dukkata offence.
'I allow you, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the use of three kinds of clogs, that are fixed to the ground, and are not taken away , privy-clogs, urinal-clogs, and rinsing-clogs.'