Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Monks’ rules and their analysis

Monks’ Training (Sekhiya) 15–16

… in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks, their bodies swaying, went (sat down) amidst the houses, bending their bodies … “…

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

One should not go (sit down) amidst the houses swaying the body. One should go (sit down) holding the body straight. Whoever out of disrespect, the body swaying, goes (sits down) amidst the houses bending the body, 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 in Bu-Sk.16 it is added here: if he has gone into residence for the rains, if there are accidents, if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer.