I. B. HORNER, M.A.
FELLOW and ASSOCIATE OF NEWHAM COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
Published by The Pali Text Society Bristol 2012
THIS volume of the Book of the Discipline covers Oldenberg’s edition of the Vinayapiṭaka, vol.
iii, p. 195, to vol. iv, p. 124, and thus comprises the thirty Nissaggiya rules and sixty of the
ninety-two Pācittiya rules laid down for monks.
The actual rules, sikkhāpada, of the Pali Pātimokkha are accessible to English readers in Rhys Davids and Oldenberg’s translation, and translations even earlier. They have also
all been set out in full by B. C. Law, while E. J. Thomas has given some in their entirety and
has summarised others, classifying these, under their appropriate sections, where affinities
are visible. This is the first translation into English of these sikkhāpadas complete with their
It has been truly and helpfully observed by the editors of Vinaya Texts that “inside each class (of offence) the sequence of the clauses follows no invariable rule. Sometimes offences of a related character are placed together in groups, but sometimes those which would naturally come together are found scattered in quite different parts of the same class.” In addition, as Oldenberg has pointed out, “it not infrequently happens that a rule refers to the one immediately preceding it.”
A considerable amount of work having been done on the Pātimokkha, it will be better in this Introduction
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