Nuns’ rules and their analysis
Nuns’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 42
… at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns made use of a sofa and of a divan. People, engaged in touring the dwelling place, having seen (them) … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns make use of a sofa and of a divan, like women householders who enjoy pleasures of the senses?” Nuns heard these people who … spread it about. Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns make use of a sofa and of a divan?” …
“Is it true, as is said, monks, that nuns made use of a … divan?”
“It is true, lord.”
The enlightened one, the lord, rebuked them, saying:
“Whatever nun should make use of a sofa or of a divan, there is an offence of expiation.”
Sofa means: it is called of exceeding measure.
Divan means: it is made having brought hair (stuffing).
Should make use of means: if she sits down on it or lies down on it, there is an offence of expiation.
There is no offence if, having cut down the legs of the sofa, she makes use of it; if, having cut out the hair (stuffing) from the divan, she makes use of it; if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.