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Adapted from Translation by Thanissaro Bhikku, T.W.Rhys Davids & Hermann Oldenberg.


THE PATIMOKKHA

7. PATIDESANIYA DHAMMA

(RULES REQUIRING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT)

Bhikkus RulesEdit

Here, venerable Sirs, the four rules regarding matters which ought to be confessed come into recitation.

1. Should any bhikkhu chew or consume staple or non-staple food, having received it with his own hand from the hand of an unrelated bhikkhuni in an inhabited area, he is to acknowledge it: "Friends, I have committed a blameworthy, unsuitable act that ought to be acknowledged. I acknowledge it."

2. In case bhikkhus, being invited, are eating in family residences, and if a bhikkhuni is standing there as though giving directions, (saying,) "Give curry here, give rice here," then the bhikkhus are to dismiss her: "Go away, sister, while the bhikkhus are eating." If not one of the bhikkhus should speak to dismiss her, "Go away, sister, while the bhikkhus are eating," the bhikkhus are to acknowledge it: "Friends, we have committed a blameworthy, unsuitable act that ought to be acknowledged. We acknowledge it."

3. There are families designated as in training. Should any bhikkhu, not being ill, uninvited beforehand, chew or consume staple or non-staple food, having received it himself at the residences of families designated as in training, he is to acknowledge it: "Friends, I have committed a blameworthy, unsuitable act that ought to be acknowledged. I acknowledge it."

4. There are wilderness lodgings that are considered dubious and risky. Should any bhikkhu, not being ill, living in such lodgings, chew or consume (a gift of) staple or non-staple food that was unannounced beforehand, having received it with his own hand in the lodging, he is to acknowledge it: "Friends, I have committed a blameworthy, unsuitable act that ought to be acknowledged. I acknowledge it."

Here end the Pâtidesaniyas.
Venerable Sirs, the four rules regarding matters which require
confession have been recited.
In respect of them I ask the venerable ones, 'Are you pure in
this matter?'
A second time I ask the venerable ones, 'Are you pure in this
matter?'
A third time I ask the venerable ones, 'Are you pure in this
matter?'
The venerable ones are pure herein. Therefore do they keep
silence. Thus I understand.
Here ends the recitation or the Pâtidesaniyas.

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