Theravāda Vinayapiṭaka

Monks’ rules and their analysis

Monks’ Training (Sekhiya) 7–8

… in Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now at that time the group of six monks looking about here and there went (sat down) amidst the houses … “…

‘With the eyes cast down will I go (sit down) amidst the houses,’ is a training to be observed.”

One should go (sit down) amidst the houses with the eyes cast down looking only a plough’s (distance ahead). Whoever out of disrespect, looking about here and there, 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 there are accidents, if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer.