Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Nuns’ rules and their analysis

Nuns’ Expiation (Pācittiya) 88

… at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six nuns bathed with perfume and paint. People … see Bi-Pc.87.1; read bathed with perfume and paint, etc. … “… this rule of training:

Whatever nun should bathe with perfume and paint, there is an offence of expiation.”

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

Perfume means: whatever is a perfume.

Paint means: whatever is a paint.

Should bathe means: if she bathes, in the business there is an offence of wrong-doing; at the end of the bathing there is an offence of expiation.

There is no offence if it is on account of illness; if she is mad, if she is the first wrong-doer.