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Ninth Khandhaka. Chapter 2

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Now the Blessed One addressed the Bhikkhus, and said: 'Now henceforth I, O Bhikkhus, will not hold Uposatha, nor recite the Ptimokkha; let you yourselves, O Bhikkhus, henceforth hold Uposatha and recite the Ptimokkha. It is, O Bhikkhus, an impossible thing and an inexpedient that the Tathgata should hold Uposatha and recite the Ptimokkha before an assembly which is not pure. And the Ptimokkha, O Bhikkhus, is not to be listened to by one who has committed an offence. Whosoever shall so listen to it, shall be guilty of a dukka"t"a. I allow you, O Bhikkhus, for whomsoever shall listen to the Ptimokkha at a time when he is guilty, to interdict for him the Ptimokkha 1.

'And thus, O Bhikkhus, is it to be interdicted. On the day of Uposatha, on the fourteenth or fifteenth day of the month, and at a time when that individual is present, thus shall it be proposed in the midst of the Sa"m"gha:

'"Let the venerable Sa"m"gha hear me. Such and such an individual is guilty of an offence. For him

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do I interdict the Ptimokkha to the effect that it shall not be recited when he is present. The Ptimokkha is accordingly interdicted."'


Ptimokkha"m th"apetu"m": exactly analogous to pavra"n"a"m th"apetu"m" at Mahvagga Iv, 16, 2. H.o. has already pointed out (in his 'Buddha,' p. 381, note 2) that we have evidently here a later innovation. The whole frame of the Ptimokkha shows that it was at first intended that a guilty Bhikkhu should confess his offence during the recitation, if he had not done so before,
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