Nuns’ rules and their analysis
Nuns’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 68
… at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the nun Thullanandā, having ordained the woman who lived with her, for two years neither helped her nor had her helped. These were ignorant, inexperienced, they did not know what was allowable or what was not allowable. Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: “How can the lady Thullanandā, having ordained the woman who lives with her, for two years neither help her nor have her helped?” …
“Is it true, as is said, monks, that the nun Thullanandā … nor had her helped?”
“It is true, lord.”
The enlightened one, the lord, rebuked them, saying: “How, monks, can the nun Thullanandā … nor have her helped? It is not, monks, for pleasing those who are not (yet) pleased … this rule of training:
“Whatever nun, having ordained the woman who lives with her, for two years should neither help her nor have her helped, there is an offence of expiation.”
Woman who lives with her means: she is called the one who shares her cell.
Having ordained means: having conferred the upasampada ordination.
Two years means: two years.
Nor should have her helped means: should not command another.
If for two years she thinks: “I will neither help her nor have her helped,” in throwing off the responsibility, there is an offence of expiation.