Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Monks’ rules and their analysis

Monks’ Training (Sekhiya) 11–12

… in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks, laughing a great laugh, went (sat down) amidst the houses … “…

‘Not with loud laughter will I go (sit down) amidst the houses,’ is a training to be observed.”

One should not go (sit down) amidst the houses with loud laughter. Whoever out of disrespect, laughing a great laugh, goes (sits down) amidst the houses, there is an offence of wrong-doing.

There is no offence if it is unintentional, if he is not thinking, if he does not know, if he is ill, if he only smiles when the matter is one for laughter, if there are accidents, if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer.