Chapters on Monastic Discipline


Vinayavastu

Texts: 17Published: 1In Progress: 8Not Begun: 8
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The Chapter on Going Forth


རབ་ཏུ་འབྱུང་བའི་གཞི། · rab tu ’byung ba’i gzhi
Pravrajyāvastu

Summary

“The Chapter on Going Forth” is the first of seventeen chapters in The Chapters on Monastic Discipline, a four-volume work which outlines the statutes and procedures that govern life in a Buddhist monastic community. This first chapter traces the development of the rite by which postulants were admitted into the monastic order, from Buddha Śākyamuni’s informal invitation to “Come, join me,” to the more elaborate “Present Day Rite.” Along the way, the posts of preceptor and instructor are introduced, their responsibilities defined, and a dichotomy between reliable monks and immature novices described. While the heart of the chapter is a transcript of the “Present Day Rite,” the text is interwoven with numerous narrative asides, depicting the spiritual ferment of the north Indian region of Magadha during the Buddha’s lifetime, the follies of untrained and unsupervised apprentices, and the need for a formal system of tutelage.

Title variants

  • འདུལ་བ་གཞི་ལས། རབ་ཏུ་འབྱུང་བའི་གཞི།
  • ’dul ba gzhi las/ rab tu ’byung ba’i gzhi
  • “The Chapter on Going Forth” from The Chapters on Monastic Discipline
  • Vinayavastu Pravrajyāvastu
  • 「律儀根本」之《出家根本》

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Chapter 2: On the Rite of Restoration


གསོ་སྦྱོང་གི་གཞི། · gso sbyong gi gzhi/
poṣadhavastu

Summary

Describes the twice-monthly poṣadha ceremony performed by monks, nuns, and novices in which the ordained confess infractions against their vows, thereby purifying and restoring them.


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Chapter 3: On the Relaxation of Restrictions


དགག་དབྱེའི་གཞི། · dgag dbye'i gzhi/
pravāraṇāvastu

Summary

Describes the pravāraṇā ceremony in which certain restrictions adopted for the rains retreat are relaxed, marking the end of the rains retreat.


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Chapter 4: On the Rains


དབྱར་གྱི་གཞི། · dbyar gyi gzhi/
varṣāvastu

Summary

Describes the timing and procedures for the annual rains retreat.


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Chapter 5: On Leather


ཀོ་ལྤགས་ཀྱི་གཞི། · ko lpags kyi gzhi/
carmavastu

Summary

This text discusses the use of hides by members of the Buddhist monastic community for various occasions. It begins with a lengthy narrative on the life story of Śroṇa Koṭikarṇa, whose wandering in the realms of the hungry ghosts eventually led him to become an ordained Buddhist monk. Regulations on the matter of hides were first discussed when Śroṇa Koṭikarṇa, on behalf of his master Mahākātyāyana, asked the Blessed One five questions concerning the special circumstances in the region of Aśmāparāntaka. More rules were established to regulate the use of shoes and the materials that could be use to make shoes, rugs, sitting mats, as well as rules that regulate the use of tall and wide bed, issues concerning river-crossing, bathing, and the storage of tools for repairing shoes.


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Chapter 6: On Medicinal Materials


སྨན་གྱི་གཞི། · sman gyi gzhi/
bhaiṣajyavastu

Summary

Discusses the medicines allowed to monastics, such as ghee, oil, honey, and molasses; what monastics should not consume, such as human flesh; and related subjects such as how medicine should be stored, under what circumstances monastics are allowed to cook for themselves, and how to respond to a hostile doctor.

Title variants

  • 1) 宣說如來不可思議秘密 2) 200 pages of「律儀根本」之《藥事》

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Chapter 7: On the Robes


གོས་ཀྱི་གཞི། · gos kyi gzhi/
cīvaravastu
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Chapter 8: On Turning Cloth into Robes


སྲ་བརྐྱང་གི་གཞི། · sra brkyang gi gzhi/
kaṭhinavastu
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Chapter 9: On the Monks of Kauśāmbī


ཀཽ་ཤཱམ་བཱིའི་གཞི། · kau shAm bI'i gzhi/
kośāmbakavastu
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Chapter 10: On Formal Acts


ལས་ཀྱི་གཞི། · las kyi gzhi/
karmavastu
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Chapter 11: On a Group of Troublesome Monks


དམར་སེར་ཅན་གྱི་གཞི། · dmar ser can gyi gzhi/
pāṇḍulohitakavastu
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Chapter 12: On Types of Person


གང་ཟག་གི་གཞི། · gang zag gi gzhi/
pudgalavastu
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Chapter 13: On Demotions


སྤོ་བའི་གཞི། · spo ba'i gzhi/
pārivāsikavastu
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Chapter 14: On Suspending the Restoration Rites


གསོ་སྦྱོང་གཞག་པའི་གཞི། · gso sbyong gzhag pa'i gzhi/
poṣadhasthāpanavastu
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Chapter 15: On Shelter


གནས་ལམ་གྱི་གཞི། · gnas lam gyi gzhi/
śayanāsanavastu
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Chapter 16: On Disputes


རྩོད་པའི་གཞི། · rtsod pa'i gzhi/
adhikaraṇavastu
Not Started
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Chapter 17: On Schisms in the Saṅgha


དགེ་འདུན་གྱི་དབྱེན་གྱི་གཞི། · dge 'dun gyi dbyen gyi gzhi/
saṅghabhedavastu

Title variants

  • Saṅghabhedavastu

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