The chapter on confession (pācittiya)
Musāvādavagga → paṭhavikhaṇanasikkhāpadaṃ (bj)
Monks’ Confession 10: the training rule on digging the earth
At one time the Buddha was staying at Āḷavī at the Aggāḷava Shrine.āḷavakā → āḷavikā (s1-3, pts1) At that time the monks at Āḷavī were doing building work. And they dug the earth and got it dug. People complained and criticized them, “How can the Sakyan ascetics dig the earth and get it dug? They are hurting life with one sense faculty.”
The monks heard the complaints of those people, and the monks of few desires … complained and criticized those monks, “How can those monks at Āḷavī dig the earth and get it dug?” … “Is it true, monks, that you do this?”
“It’s true, Master.”
The Buddha rebuked them, “… Foolish men, how can you dig the earth and get it dug? People regard the earth as conscious. This will not give rise to confidence in those without it … And so, monks, this training rule should be recited thus:
A: whoever … Monk: … The monk who has been given the full ordination by a complete Order through a formal procedure consisting of one motion and three announcements that is unchallengeable and fit to stand—this sort of monk is meant in this case.
Productive earth: pure soil, pure clay, with few stones, with few pebbles, with few potsherds, with little gravel, with little sand; mostly soil, mostly clay. If it is unburnt, it is also called “productive earth.” A pile of soil or a pile of clay that has been rained upon for more than four months, this too is called “productive earth.”
Unproductive earth: just stones, just pebbles, just potsherds, just gravel, just sand, with little soil, with little clay; mostly stones, mostly pebbles, mostly potsherds, mostly gravel, mostly sand. If it is burnt, it is also called “unproductive earth.” A pile of soil or a pile of clay that has been rained upon for less than four months, this too is called “unproductive earth.”
There is no offense: if he says, “Consider this/give this/bring this/there’s need for this/make this allowable;” if it is unintentional; if he is not mindful; if he does not know; if he is insane; if he is the first offender.
The first chapter on lying is finished.