The chapter on confession (pācittiya)
Monks’ Confession 26: the training rule on sewing robes
At one time the Buddha was staying at Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Monastery.āyasmā udāyī paṭṭo → udāyi paṭṭo (bj) | udāyi paṭṭho (s1-3, pts1) At that time Venerable Udāyī had become skilled in making robes. Just then a certain nun approached Udāyī and said to him, “Venerable, would you please sew me a robe?”
Paṭibhānacittaṃ. Citta is here equivalent to Sanskrit citra, which means colorful, variegated, decorative, etc., and by extension it also means a picture or painting, which seems to be the intended meaning here. Paṭibhāna means something like impromptu imagination. The commentary, Sp.4.804.29, specifies that it was a picture of a couple having sexual intercourse. He then sewed a robe for that nun, making it beautiful and nicely dyed, and he drew an imaginative picture in the middle of it. He then folded it and put it aside. Soon afterwards that nun went to Udāyī and said, “Venerable, where’s the robe?”
And that nun did just that. People complained and criticized her, “How wanton these nuns are, how brazen and shameless, in that they draw pictures on their robes.”
“This sort of work would not even make those who are wanton, brazen, and shameless look good, let alone Venerable Udāyī.”
“It’s true, Master.”
“Is she a relative of yours?”
“Foolish man, a man and a woman who are not related don’t know what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate in dealing with each other, what’s inspiring and what’s not. And still you sewed a robe for an unrelated nun. This will not give rise to confidence in those without it … And, 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 procedure consisting of one motion and three announcements that is unchallengeable and fit to stand— this sort of monk is meant in this case.
If she is unrelated and he perceives her as unrelated, and he sews her a robe or gets one sewn, he commits an offense entailing confession. If she is unrelated, but he is unsure if she is, and he sews her a robe or gets one sewn, he commits an offense entailing confession. If she is unrelated, but he perceives her as related, and he sews her a robe or gets one sewn, he commits an offense entailing confession.
If he sews a robe, or gets one sewn, for a nun who is fully ordained only on one side, he commits an offense of wrong conduct. If she is related, but he perceives her as unrelated, he commits an offense of wrong conduct. If she is related, but he is unsure if she is, he commits an offense of wrong conduct. If she is related and he perceives her as related, there is no offense.