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The Exhortation Chapter

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Book Id: WPLBN0000708477
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: The Exhortation Chapter  
Language: English
Subject: Religion, Buddhism, Buddhism and literature
Collections: BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network
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Excerpt: Now at that time, elder bhikkhus, having exhorted the bhikkhunis, became recipients of robes, alms, lodgings, and medicines for the sick. (According to the Commentary, if a bhikkhu gave a good exhortation to the bhikkhunis, they would tell their supporters, who in turn would provide the exhorter with requisites.) The thought occurred to some group-of-six bhikkhus: 'At present, elder bhikkhus, having exhorted the bhikkhunis, have become recipients of robes, alms, lodgings, and medicines for the sick. Let's exhort the bhikkhunis, too.' So, having approached the bhikkhunis, they said, 'Approach us, sisters, and we too will exhort you. Staple foods are consistently defined as five sorts of foods, although the precise definitions of the first two are a matter of controversy. 41. Should any bhikkhu give staple or non-staple food with his own hand to a naked ascetic, a male wanderer, or a female wanderer, it is to be confessed. Then Ven. Sagata went to the hermitage of the coiled-hair ascetic of Ambatittha, and on arrival -- having entered the fire building and spread out a grass mat -- sat down cross-legged with his body erect and mindfulness to the fore. The naga (living in the fire building) saw that Ven. Sagata had entered and, on seeing him, was upset, disgruntled, and emitted smoke. Ven. Sagata emitted smoke. The naga, unable to bear his anger, blazed up. Ven. Sagata, entering the fire element, blazed up. Then Ven. Sagata, having consumed the naga's fire with his own fire, left for Bhaddavatika. Apparently, this factor does not include beings too small to be seen with the naked eye, inasmuch as the classes of medicine allowed in Mahavagga VI include a number of anti-bacterial and anti-viral substances -- some mineral salts and the decoctions made from the leaves of some trees, for example, can be antibiotic. The Commentary's example of the smallest extreme to which this rule extends is a bed bug egg. The four Things Not To Be Done, taught to every bhikkhu immediately after his ordination (Mv.I.78.4), say that one should not deprive an animal of life, even if it is only an ant.


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