Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Nuns’ rules and their analysis

Nuns’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 83

… at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time nuns ordained two (probationers) in the one year. As before, there were not sufficent dwellings. As before people … spread it about, saying: “How can these nuns ordain two (probationers) in one year? As before, there are not sufficient dwellings.” Nuns heard these people who … spread it about. Those who were modest nuns … spread it about, saying: … cf. Bi-Pc.82.1 “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun should ordain two (probationers) in one year, there is an offence of expiation.”

Whatever means: … nun is to be understood in this case.

One year means: one year.

Should ordain two (probationers) means: should confer the upasampadā ordination on two (probationers).

If she thinks: “I will ordain two (probationers),” and looks about for a group or … Bi-Pc.61.2 … there is an offence of wrong-doing for the group and for the woman teacher.

There is no offence is she ordains in alternate years; if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.

The Eighth Division: that on a maiden.