This site gathers text and translation of certain texts relating to the Bhikkhuni Patimokkha, the code of discipline for Buddhist nuns. It was undertaken as part of . Interest, purity, the suitable time, the number of bhikkhunis and the advice. The four features to be suitable. The day of the full moon, all the. The Bhikkhuni Vibhanga contains the explication and analysis of that 40%, to create a comprehensive Bhikkhuni Patimokkha vocabulary, as well as a new.

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Should any bhikkhuni try to frighten another bhikkhuni, it is to be confessed. Should any patiimokkha give Acceptance when she has less than twelve years seniorityit is to be confessed.


In Theravada Buddhismthe Patimokkha is the basic code of monastic discipline, consisting of rules for fully ordained monks bhikkhus and for nuns bhikkhunis.

Make it long, make it broad, make it tightly woven, well woven, well spread, well scraped, well smoothed, and perhaps I may reward you with a little something;” and should the bhikkhuni, having said that, reward them with a little something, even as much as alms food, it the cloth is to be bhikkhumi and confessed.

Should any bhikkhuni give Acceptance to a married woman fully twelve years old but who has not trained for two years in the six precepts and who has not received authorization from the Community, it is to be confessed.

Not being ill, I will not defecate or urinate while standing: In Brahminism, again, although Stephanie Jamison has eruditely bhikkhkni insightfully drawn out the vicissitudes of the role of women within the Brahmanic ritual of sacrifice, the literature of Brahmanism does not supply us with voices of women from the ancient world, nor with stories of women who renounced their roles in the domestic sphere in favor of the fervent practice of religious observances.

Should any bhikkhuni give, with her own hand, staple or non-staple food to a householder, a male wanderer, or a female wanderer, it is to be confessed.

Bhikkhuni Patimokkha

If she accepts more than that, it is to be forfeited and confessed. Should any bhikkhu lie down together in the same dwelling with an unordained person for more than two or three consecutive nights, it is to be confessed. Retrieved November 18, Should any bhikkhuni, without asking permission, knowingly bhjkkhuni a monastery containing a bhikkhu, it is to be confessed. When a bhikkhuni is giving herself an ablution, is to be given only to the depth of two finger joints and using no more than two fingers.

Should any bhikkhuni ask for robe-cloth from a man or woman householder unrelated to her, except at the proper occasion, it is to be forfeited and confessed. Should any bhikkhuni give Acceptance to a probationer by means of left-over giving of consent, it is to be confessed.


Should bhikkhunis — one, two, or three — who are followers and partisans of that bhikkhuni, say, “Do not, ladies, admonish that bhikkhuni in any way.

Death would be better for you than life,” or with such an idea in mind, such a purpose in mind, should in various ways praise the advantages of death or incite her to die, she also is defeated and no longer in communion. I will eat alms food methodically: Should any bhikkhuni — having said to a probationer, “If you attend to me for two years, I will give you Acceptance,” — then, when there are no obstructions, neither give her Acceptance nor make an effort for her Acceptance, it is to be confessed.


Should any bhikkhuni, without having informed a Community or a group of patimlkkhaalone with a man have a boil or scar that has appeared on the lower part of her body between the navel and the knees burst or cut open or cleaned or smeared with a salve or bandaged or unbandaged, it is to be patomokkha. In the following translation, I have marked the correspondences between the bhikkhus’ and bhikkhunis’ rules in brackets.

Should any bhikkhuni, acting as part of a Community in concord, give robe-cloth to an individual bhikkhuni and later complain, “The bhikkhunis apportion the Community’s gains according to friendship,” it is to be confessed.

Sravasti Abbey is notable because it is home to a growing group of fully ordained bhikshuni Buddhist nuns practicing in the Tibetan tradition. A bhikkhuni who is not ill may accept make use of a four-month invitation to ask for requisites. Let the lady admonish the bhikkhunis in accordance with what is right, and the bhikkhunis will admonish the lady in accordance with what is right; for it is thus that the Blessed One’s following is nurtured: He trains himself, having undertaken the training rules, seeing danger in the slightest faults.

There have been some attempts revive the tradition of women in the sangha within Theravada Buddhism in ThailandIndia and Sri Lankawith many women ordained in Sri Lanka since In case a bhikkhu arriving at a family residence is presented with cakes or cooked grain-meal, he may accept two or three bowlfuls if he so desires. The Buddha divided the robes in half, giving four to the ppatimokkha and four to the monks, because the robes were for both sanghas and had to be divided equally however many were in each group.

According to Buddhist scriptures, the order of bhikkhunis was first created by the Buddha at the specific request of his aunt and foster-mother Mahapajapati Gotamiwho became the first ordained bhikkhuni.


There He warns us to protect the doors of the sense bases and to commit ourselves to restrict their associated faculties. Should the steward produce the robe after the bhikkhuni has stood in silence for the purpose four, bhiokhuni, six times at most, that is good.

Restraint in Accordance with the Patimokkha

The Darkness Chapter Should any bhikkhuni, malicious, angered, displeased, using as a mere ploy an aspect of an issue that pertains otherwise, charge a bhikkhuni with a case involving defeat, thinking”Surely with this I may bring about her fall from the celibate life,” then regardless of whether or not she is cross-examined on a later occasion, if the issue pertains otherwise, an aspect used as a mere ploy, and the bhikkhuni confesses her anger: Should any bhikkhuni pick up or have someone pick up a valuable or what is considered a valuable, except within a monastery or within a dwelling, it is to be confessed.

In that sense, as practitioners of what Buddha taught, our practice not only has to be nourished by our own inspiration to attain Nibbana in a simple way, or by what we learn reading Suttas, but nourished also through our deepest wish to practice according to the rules that the Buddha laid down.

Archived from the original on 3 July The Vinaya bhukkhuni not only relevant to monastics. I will not bhikhkuni the mouth when the mouthful has yet to be brought to it: What was yours is still yours. Do you see that any one of us has the authority to determine what should be modified or erased? According to Thubten Chodronthe current Dalai Lama has said on this issue: Gotami received full ordination inat which time her dwelling became America’s first Theravada Buddhist bhikkhuni vihara.

Should any bhikkhuni, lusting, consent to a lusting man’s rubbing, rubbing up against, taking hold of, touching, or fondling her below the collar-bone and above the circle of the knees, she also is defeated and no longer in communion for being “one above the circle of the knees. Should any bhikkhuni go to see an army on active duty, unless there is a suitable reason, it is to be confessed.

Should any bhikkhuni block the dismantling of the kathina privileges in accordance with the rule, it is to be confessed. Should any bhikkhuni, having herself asked for a fund intended for one purpose, dedicated to one purpose for the Community, use it to have something else bought, it is to be forfeited and confessed.