Nuns’ rules and their analysis
Nuns’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 43
… at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six nuns spun yarn. People, engaged in touring the dwelling place, having seen (them) … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns spin yarn, 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 this group of six nuns spin yarn?” …
“Is it true, as is said, monks, that the group of six nuns spin yarn?”
“It is true, lord.”
The enlightened one, the lord, rebuked them, saying:
“How, monks, can the group of six nuns spin yarn? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:
“Whatever nun should spin yarn, there is an offence of expiation.”
Yarn means: the six (kinds of) yarn: linen, cotton, silk, wool, coarse hempen cloth, canvas.
Should spin means: if she herself spins, in the action there is an offence of wrong-doing; for every running up there is an offence of expiation.