Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Monks’ rules and their analysis

Monks’ Training (Sekhiya) 35

… in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks having chosen from the top, ate almsfood … “…

‘Not having chosen from the top will I eat almsfood,’ is a training to be observed.”

One should eat almsfood not having chosen from the top. Whoever out of disrespect eats almsfood having chosen from the top, 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 among an insignificant remainder he eats, having selected, having chosen from one side; if there are accidents, if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer.