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CHAPTER TEN Sekhiya ~~~~~~~ This term, as an adjective qualifying a duty, means "to be practiced" or "to be trained in." As the name of a training rule, it means "to be followed." There are 75 training rules in this category, divided by subject into four groups: etiquette in dressing and behaving when in inhabited areas; etiquette in accepting and eating alms food; etiquette when teaching the Dhamma; and etiquette in urinating, defecating, and spitting. The rules themselves do not impose a direct penalty. Instead, they simply say, "(This is) a training to be observed." The Vibhanga, though, says that to violate any of these rules out of disrespect incurs a dukkata. To violate them unintentionally, unthinkingly, or unknowingly, or to disobey them when there are dangers or (in most cases) when one is ill, incurs no penalty. The Commentary adds that "unknowingly" in this case does not mean not knowing the rule. For a new bhikkhu not to make the effort to know the rules, it says, would qualify as disrespect. So "unknowingly" here means not knowing that a situation contrary to the rules has developed. For instance, if one does not know that one's robes have gotten out of kilter, that would not count as a breach of the relevant rule. * * * Part One: The 26 Dealing with Proper Behavior The Canon contains several stories in which a bhikkhu's behavior causes another person to become interested in the Dhamma. The most famous example is the story of Ven. Sariputta's first encounter with Ven. Assaji. "Now at that time the wanderer Sanjaya was residing in Rajagaha with a large company of wanderers -- 250 in all. And at that time Sariputta and Moggallana were practicing the celibate life under Sanjaya. They had made this agreement: Whoever attains the Deathless first will inform the other. "Then Ven. Assaji, arising early in the morning, taking his robe and bowl, entered Rajagaha for alms: gracious in the way he approached and departed, looked forward and behind, drew in and stretched out his arm; his eyes downcast, his every movement consummate. Sariputta the wanderer saw Ven. Assaji going for alms in Rajagaha: gracious...his eyes downcast, his every movement consummate. On seeing him, the thought occurred to him: 'Surely, of those in this world who are arahants or have entered the path to arahantship, this is one. What if I were to approach him and question him: "On whose account have you gone forth? Who is your teacher? In whose Dhamma do you delight?"' "But then the thought occurred to Sariputta the wanderer: 'This is the wrong time to question him. He is going for alms in the town. What if I were to follow behind this bhikkhu who has found the path for those who seek it?'" Even though the following rules deal with minor matters, a bhikkhu should remind himself that the minor details of his behavior can often make the difference between sparking and killing another person's interest in the Dhamma. 1. [2]I will wear the lower robe [upper robe] wrapped around (me): a training to be observed. To wear the lower robe wrapped around means to wear the upper edge circling the waist, covering the navel, and the lower edge circling the knees. The Commentary states that when standing, the lower edge should be not more than eight fingerbreadths below the knees, although if one's calves are disfigured, it is all right to cover them more than that. To wear the upper robe wrapped around means, according to the Vibhanga, keeping both ends of the top and bottom edges level. The bottom edge of the upper robe, though, does not have to be level with the bottom edge of the lower robe. Given the size of the upper robe in the Buddha's time, it would not have extended down that far. Intentionally to wear either robe hanging down in front or in back is a breach of these rules. The Commentary states that the purpose of this rule is to prevent bhikkhus from wearing their robes in any of the various ways that lay people in those days wore theirs -- e.g., pleated "with 100 pleats," tied up, or tucked up between the legs. It also comments that since these rules are not qualified, as the following ones are, with the phrase, "in inhabited areas," they should be followed in the monastery and wilderness areas as well. As a practical matter, though, if one is working on a high ladder or in a tree, it is a wise policy to tuck one's lower robe up between the legs for decency's sake. 3. [4]I will go [sit] well-covered in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. The Vibhanga does not define //inhabited areas// in this or any of the following rules. The term thus probably has the same meaning as under Patidesaniya 1: in the homes of lay people, or along the streets and alleys of villages, cities, or towns. This does not include, however, monasteries located in inhabited areas, although many such monasteries make it a rule that bhikkhus living with them observe many of these rules when outside of their personal quarters, even though they are still within the monastery grounds. //Well-covered//, according to the Commentary, means not exposing one's chest or knees. One should have the upper edge of the upper robe around the neck, and the lower edge covering the wrists. The lower edge of the lower robe, as stated above, should cover the knees. When seated, only one's head, hands and legs from the calves on down should show. Rule #4 here has an added no-offense clause: There is no offense if one sits not "well-covered" within one's residence (%). According to the Vinaya Mukha, this means within one's room if one is staying overnight in a lay person's home; when outside of one's room, though, one should follow the rule. 5. [6]I will go [sit] well-restrained in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. //Well-restrained//, according to the Commentary, means not playing with the hands or feet. This would include such things as dancing, cracking one's knuckles, wiggling one's fingers or toes. 7. [8]I will go [sit] with eyes lowered in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. The Vibhanga says that a bhikkhu should keep his gaze lowered to the ground the distance of a plow's length ahead of him -- this equals two meters, according to the Commentary. The purpose of this rule, it adds, is to prevent one from gazing aimlessly here and there at the sights as one walks along. There is nothing wrong, though, in looking up when one has reason to do so. An example given in the Commentary is stopping to look up and see if there are dangers from approaching horses or elephants. A more modern example would be checking the traffic before crossing a road. 9. [10]I will not go [sit] with robes hitched up in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, to hitch up one's robes means to lift them so as to expose either side or both sides of the body. Rule #10 here, like Sekhiya 4, does not apply when one is sitting in one's residence in an inhabited area. 11. [12]I will not go [sit] laughing loudly in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. According to the Vibhanga, if there is any reason for amusement, one should simply smile. 13. [14]I will go [sit] (speaking) with a lowered voice in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. The Commentary defines a lowered voice as follows: Three bhikkhus are sitting in a row at intervals of three meters. The first bhikkhu speaks. The second can hear him and clearly catch what he is saying. The third can hear his voice, but not what he is saying. If the third can clearly catch what he is saying, it maintains, the first bhikkhu is speaking too loudly. As the Vinaya Mukha notes, though, when one is speaking to a crowd of people, there is nothing wrong in raising one's voice provided that one does not shout. And as the no-offense clauses show, there is nothing wrong in shouting if there are dangers -- e.g., someone is about to fall off a cliff or be hit by a car -- or if one's listener is partially deaf. 15. [16]I will not go [sit] swinging the body in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. This means that one should keep one's body straight. Rule #16, like Sekhiya 4, does not apply when one is sitting in one's residence in an inhabited area. 17. [18]I will not go [sit] swinging the arms in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, this means that one should keep one's arms still, although as the Vinaya Mukha points out, there is nothing wrong in swinging one's arms slightly to keep one's balance as one walks. Rule #18, like Sekhiya 4, does not apply when one is sitting in one's residence in an inhabited area. 19. [20]I will not go [sit] swinging the head in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. This refers to swinging the head from side to side or letting it droop forward or back. Of course, there is no offense if one is dozing off, and like Sekhiya 4, Rule #20 does not apply when one is sitting in one's residence in an inhabited area. 21. [22]I will not go [sit] with arms akimbo in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. //Akimbo// means with the hand on the hip. This rule, the Commentary says, forbids having one arm or both arms akimbo. Rule #22 does not apply when one is sitting in one's residence in an inhabited area. 23. [24]I will not go [sit] with my head covered in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. //Covered//, here, means covered with a robe, a scarf, or other similar piece of cloth. Rule #24 does not apply when one is sitting in one's residence in an inhabited area. The allowance for "one who is ill" under both rules means that one may cover one's head when the weather is unbearably cold or the sun unbearably hot. 25.I will not go tiptoeing or walking just on the heels in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. This translation of the rule follows the Commentary. 26.I will not sit holding up the knees in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. This, the Vibhanga says, refers to sitting with one or both arms or hands hugging one or both knees; or with a strap or a strip of cloth around one or both knees and the torso (%). The bas reliefs at Borobudur show royalty using this latter position as a way of keeping the body erect when tired or weak. * * * In addition to the rules listed here, there are others in the Khandhakas concerning behavior in inhabited areas. These include: A bhikkhu entering an inhabited area must wear all three of his basic set of robes unless -- he is ill; it is during the four months of the rains; it is during the period when his kathina privileges are in effect; he is going to have to cross a river; or he has a secure dwelling (or other hiding place, the Commentary says, such as a hollow in a tree or a rock) in which to place the robe he leaves behind (Mv.VIII.23.2). He should also wear his waistband. The bhikkhu who instigated this rule had the unforgettable experience of having his lower robe slip off in front of a group of people who thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle (Cv.V.29.1). A bhikkhu entering an inhabited area, though, should not spread out his outer robe to sit on (Cv.VIII.4.3) and, unless he is ill, should not wear footwear -- shoes, sandals, boots, etc. -- (Mv.V.12) or use an umbrella or sunshade (Cv.V.23.3). The Commentary to the umbrella rule includes physical or mental discomfort under //ill// in this case, and says that one may also use the umbrella to protect one's robes from the rain. * * * Two: The 30 Dealing with Food 27.I will receive alms food appreciatively: a training to be observed. This rule was formulated in response to an incident in which some group-of-six bhikkhus accepted alms food unappreciatively, as if -- to quote the Vibhanga -- "they wanted to throw it away." The Commentary explains //appreciatively// as "with mindfulness established." One should also remind oneself of the trouble and expense the donors went to in providing the food. 28.I will receive alms food with attention focused on the bowl: a training to be observed. The purpose of this rule is to prevent one from looking at the donor's face or gazing aimlessly in other directions while he/she is placing food in the bowl. However, one of the "duties to be observed on alms round," (Cv.VIII.5) is that one should not stand too long or turn away too soon. This means that one should glance at what the donor has prepared to give, so that one will not stand waiting for more when the donor has finished giving, or turn away when he/she has more to give. 29.I will receive alms food with bean curry in proper proportion: a training to be observed. This rule refers specifically to eating habits at the time of the Buddha. //Bean curry// means sauces made with gram, pulses, vetch, etc., thick enough that they can be placed in the bowl by the hand. //In proper proportion//, according to the Commentary, means no more than one-quarter of the total food. The Vinaya Mukha tries to interpret this rule as covering curries and soups of all kinds, but the Vibhanga and commentaries state unequivocally that it covers only bean curries. Other gravies, soups, stews, and sauces are exempt. This rule probably refers to situations in which bhikkhus are offered food from a serving dish from which they help themselves -- as was the custom when they were invited to homes in the Buddha's time, and still is the custom when they are invited to homes in Sri Lanka and Burma -- for the Vibhanga states that there is no offense in receiving more than the proper proportion if one is invited to accept more than that. There is also no offense in taking more than the proper proportion if one is accepting it from relatives, for the sake of another, or if one has obtained the food through one's own resources. (This interpretation follows the Commentary. The K/Commentary, for some reason, maintains that all of these no-offense situations -- accepting from one's relatives, from people who have offered an invitation, for the sake of another, or from food obtained through one's own resources -- apply only to dishes that are not bean curries, but this interpretation does not fit with the Vibhanga.) 30.I will receive alms food level with the edge (of the bowl): a training to be observed. Iron bowls in the past had a hoop approximately 1 cm. wide around the inside of the mouth: According to the Commentary, //edge// here means the bottom edge of this hoop. A bhikkhu is prohibited from accepting more than this, although of course there is nothing against accepting less. The Commentary contains a long discussion of what does and does not come under //alms food// in this rule, and concludes that it covers only staple and non-staple foods. Thus if one receives a sweet, the "tail" of whose wrapper extends above the edge of the bowl (such sweets are still common in Asia today), it would not count as an infraction of this rule. The same holds true if one receives foods that do not fill the bowl but extend above the edge -- such as a length of sugar cane -- or if the donor places on top of one's bowl another vessel containing food, such as a box of sweets or a bag of fruit. 31.I will eat alms food appreciatively: a training to be observed. According to the Vinaya Mukha, this rule forbids doing other things -- such as reading -- while eating one's food. The Recollection at the Moment of Using One's Requisites requires that one reflect that one is eating "not playfully, nor for intoxication, nor for fattening, nor for beautification; but simply for the survival and continuance of this body, for ending its afflictions, for the support of the celibate life, (thinking) 'I will destroy old feelings of hunger without creating new feelings from overeating: Thus will I maintain myself, be blameless, and live in comfort.'" One should also remind oneself of the effort and expense the donors went to in providing the meal. 32.I will eat alms food with attention focused on the bowl: a training to be observed. The purpose of this rule is to prevent one from gazing aimlessly about while eating. The Vinaya Mukha notes, though, "To look elsewhere in ways related to one's eating -- e.g., looking with the thought of providing a nearby bhikkhu with whatever he is lacking -- is not prohibited." (See Sekhiya 38, below.) 33.I will eat alms food methodically (%): a training to be observed. The purpose of this rule is that a bhikkhu work steadily across his food while eating, from one side to another, and not pick at it here and there. Special treats, though, may be passed over -- either as a form of self-denial or to save them for the end of the meal. Also, there is no offense in picking here and there when taking food from one's bowl to give to another person. (%) 34.I will eat alms food with bean curry in proper proportion: a training to be observed. The non-offenses here are the same as under Sekhiya 29: This rule does not apply to foods that are not thick bean curries, or to situations where one has received the food from relatives, from people who offered an invitation to take more, for the sake of another, or from one's own resources. 35.I will not eat alms food taking mouthfuls from a heap: a training to be observed. This refers to the rice in one's bowl. The Commentary translates //from a heap// as from the top or from the middle. The Vinaya Mukha notes that it is a custom among bhikkhus before eating to level off the rice in their bowls so that its surface is even. One would then work from one side, as under Sekhiya 33. The no-offense clauses state that if a little food remains scattered in one's bowl, there is no offense in gathering it together in a small heap and eating from that (%). The Vinaya Mukha adds that if one is served other foods -- such as sweets -- stacked on a platter, it would be impolite to level them off, so in such cases one may take from the top of the heap. 36. I will not hide bean curry and foods with rice out of a desire to get more: a training to be observed. Some donors, if they see that a bhikkhu has nothing but rice in his bowl, will go out of their way to provide him with extra food. This rule is to prevent bhikkhus from taking advantage of their kind intentions. According to the Vibhanga, there is no offense if donors cover the food in one's bowl with rice, or if one covers it with rice oneself for some reason other than a desire for more. The Commentary notes that there is no exception here for a bhikkhu who is ill. 37.Not being ill, I will not eat rice or bean curry that I have requested for my own sake: a training to be observed. The Commentary to Pacittiya 39 says that //rice or bean curry// here covers all foods not covered in that rule. There is no offense in requesting these foods from relatives, from people who have offered an invitation to request, or if one is ill (weak from hunger would be included here). There is also no offense in obtaining these foods by means of one's own resources. The Mendaka Allowance (Mv.VI.34.21) permits a bhikkhu to search for provisions of husked rice, kidney beans, green gram (mung beans), salt, sugar, oil, and ghee when going on a journey through a wilderness area where alms food will be hard to find. For details, see the discussion under Pacittiya 39. 38.I will not look at another's bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed. The K/Commentary defines //finding fault// as taking note of the fact that the other bhikkhu or novice has something. What this probably means is that he has some especially nice food that he is not sharing. The Vinaya Mukha provides an alternative suggestion, that this rule refers to finding fault with another's sloppy manner of eating. Sloppiness, though, is something about which bhikkhus may admonish one another, so the K/Commentary's interpretation seems more to the point. The Vibhanga states that there is no offense in looking at another's bowl if one is not meaning to find fault or if one wants to provide him with whatever he may be lacking. Here again, the Commentary notes that there is no exception for a bhikkhu who is ill. 39.I will not take an extra-large mouthful: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, a mouthful the size of a peacock's egg is too large, while one the size of a chicken egg is too small. (!) One midway between these two sizes is just right. This seems hard to fathom, unless chicken eggs in those days were much smaller than they are now. According to the Vibhanga, this rule does not cover fruits, solid foods such as roots, or special confections (sandwiches at present would fit here). Apparently, if these items are a little large, it is all right to stick them whole into the mouth, although if they are very large, it would be better to take bites out of them (see Sekhiya 45). 40.I will make a rounded mouthful: a training to be observed. People at that time ate food with their hands, and formed mouthfuls of the food with their fingers before taking them to the mouth. This rule, like the preceding one, does not cover fruits, solid foods such as roots, or special confections such as sandwiches. In other words, one does not have to mash these things up and form them into rounded mouthfuls before eating. 41.I will not open the mouth when the mouthful has yet to be brought to it: a training to be observed. 42.I will not put the whole hand into the mouth while eating: a training to be observed. The Commentary and K/Commentary are in agreement that this is the proper translation for this rule. The Sub-commentary insists that it should be "any part of the hand" rather than "the whole hand," but according to the Commentary the act of sticking a finger in one's mouth while eating comes under Sekhiya 52. 43.I will not speak with the mouth full of food: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, if the amount of food in one's mouth is not enough to effect the clarity of one's pronunciation, it is all right to speak. 44.I will not eat from lifted balls of food: a training to be observed. What this means is that one should not lift food from the bowl in one hand and then use the other hand to take parts of that handful to put in the mouth. According to the Vibhanga, this rule does not cover fruits, solid foods, or special confections. Thus, for example, it is all right to pick up a bunch of grapes in one hand and then take the grapes one by one with the other hand to put them in the mouth. This rule is often translated as, "I will not eat tossing up balls of food," but as it seems unlikely that there would be an allowance for tossing fruit, etc., into the air and catching it in the mouth, the above translation is probably more correct. 45.I will not eat nibbling at mouthfuls of food: a training to be observed. After forming a mouthful of food (see Sekhiya 39 & 40), one should place it all into the mouth at one time, rather than biting it off bit by bit. Again, this rule does not cover fruits, solid foods, or special confections. In other words, there is nothing wrong in taking bites from any of these foods that are too large to fit into the mouth, although the etiquette in many Asian countries at present frowns on taking bites even out of things such as these. 46.I will not eat stuffing out the cheeks: a training to be observed. In other words, one should swallow one's food before putting another mouthful in the mouth. This is another rule that does not cover fruits, solid foods, or special confections. Apparently this allowance covers cases where the fruits, etc., would make up a mouthful a little on the large side, as mentioned under Sekhiya 39. 47.I will not eat shaking (food off) the hand: a training to be observed. According to the Vibhanga, there is no offense in shaking dust or dirt off the hand while eating (%). 48.I will not eat scattering rice about: a training to be observed. If one happens to be shaking dirt off the hand, and a few rice grains on the hand happen to get scattered in the process, there is no offense. 49.I will not eat sticking out the tongue: a training to be observed. 50.I will not eat smacking the lips: a training to be observed. 51.I will not eat making a slurping noise: a training to be observed. In the origin story to this rule, a certain Brahmin prepared a milk drink for the bhikkhus, who drank it making a hissing or slurping sound. One of the bhikkhus, a former actor, made a joke about the fact: "It's as if this entire Sangha were cooled." (This of course, is a pun on the higher meaning of the word "cooled.") Word got to the Buddha, who in addition to formulating this rule, also imposed a dukkata on the act of making a joke about the Buddha, Dhamma, or Sangha. 52.I will not eat licking the hands: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, this rule also covers the act of sticking a finger into the mouth. There are times, though -- it says -- when one is eating a semi-liquid food with one's hand, in which case it is all right to stick the tips of the fingers into the mouth so as to get as much of the food as possible into the mouth without spilling it. 53.I will not eat licking the bowl: a training to be observed. The Commentary shows that the verb //lick// here also means scrape, when it says that scraping the bowl even with one finger is a breach of this rule. The Commentary is surely correct here, for otherwise there is no making sense of the Vibhanga's allowance that if there are a few scattered crumbs left in the bowl, one may gather them into one last mouthful, scrape them up, and eat them. If the crumbs are not enough to form a mouthful, though, the Vinaya Mukha recommends leaving them as they are. One would then throw them out with the bowl-washing water (see Sekhiya 56). This practice of leaving a little food uneaten is a point of etiquette common throughout Asia. If one is a guest and has been offered food or drink, one should not eat it to the last crumb or drink it to the last drop, for that would imply that one was not offered enough and is hungry or thirsty for more. Wasting a few bits of food is less serious than hurting the feelings of one's host. (For more on this point, see Pacittiya 35.) Even when one is eating in a situation where the donor is not around to watch, it is generally a good practice to leave a few crumbs -- to be thrown away a good distance from one's dwelling -- as a gift to insects or other small, hungry beings. 54.I will not eat licking the lips: a training to be observed. 55.I will not accept a water vessel with a hand soiled by food: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, this rule applies to anything from which one would drink water, whether it belongs to oneself or to others. If one's hand is partially soiled, it says, one may pick up a water vessel with the unsoiled part. The Vibhanga says that if one's hand is soiled, one may take the water vessel with the thought that, "I will wash it or get it washed," although this allowance might be qualified with the consideration that one should try to get it washed before someone else wants to use it. 56.I will not, in an inhabited area, throw away bowl-rinsing water that has grains of rice in it: a training to be observed. The custom in those times, when bhikkhus were invited to eat at a lay person's home, was for the donor to offer water to the bhikkhus to rinse out their bowls before the meal and again at the end. In both cases, each bhikkhu was to hold his bowl in both hands, receive the water into the bowl, swish it around without scraping it (against the ground or floor), and pour it into a receptacle if there was one -- or on the ground if not -- taking care not to splash any nearby people or one's own robes (Cv.VIII.4-6). This rule applies to the after-meal rinsing. The Vibhanga says that there is no offense in throwing away bowl rinsing water if the rice grains are removed, if they are squashed so as to dissolve in the water, or if the water is poured into a receptacle and later thrown outside (%). * * * In addition to the above rules, the duties observed on alms round and in eating at a lay person's home include the following points of etiquette: While on alms round. One should go unhurriedly, and stand neither too close to nor too far from the donor (Cv.VIII.5.2). While eating in a home. One should select a seat that does not encroach on the senior bhikkhus' spaces, but that also does not deprive the junior bhikkhus of a place to sit (Cv.VIII.4.3). If there are any special foods, the most senior bhikkhu should tell the donor to make sure that everyone gets equal portions. He should also not begin eating until everyone is served, nor should he accept water for rinsing his bowl until everyone is finished eating (Cv.VIII.4.5). * * * The Vinaya Mukha notes that some of the rules and allowances in this section outline "table manners" that would be regarded either as excessively fussy or messy by polite modern standards. Thus wherever ancient and modern codes of etiquette are at variance, the wise policy would be to adhere to whichever code is more stringent on that particular point. * * * Three: The 16 Dealing with Teaching Dhamma The Canon records that the Buddha himself had the highest respect for the Dhamma he had discovered; that, as others might live under the guidance of a teacher, honoring and revering him, the Buddha lived under, honored, and revered the Dhamma. He enjoined his followers to show the same respect for the Dhamma not only when listening to it but also when teaching it, by refusing to teach it to a person who shows disrespect. The following set of rules deals with situations in which a listener, in terms of the etiquette at that time, would be regarded as showing disrespect for a teacher or his teaching. As the Vinaya Mukha notes, a few of these cases -- such as those concerning footwear -- are not considered disrespectful under certain circumstances at present, although here the exceptions given for listeners who are "ill" might be stretched to cover any situation where the listener would feel inconvenienced or awkward if asked to comply with the etiquette of the Buddha's time. On the other hand, there are many ways of showing disrespect at present that are not covered by these rules, and an argument could be made, reasoning from the Great Standards, that a bhikkhu should not teach Dhamma to a person who showed disrespect in any way. //Dhamma// here is defined as any statement spoken by the Buddha, his disciples, seers, or devatas, connected with the teaching or with its goal. See Pacittiya 7 for a more detailed discussion of this point. 57.I will not teach Dhamma to a person with an umbrella in his hand and who is not ill: a training to be observed. An umbrella or sunshade, at that time, was considered a sign of rank. According to the Commentary, this rule applies regardless of whether the umbrella is open or closed, as long as one's listeners has his/her hand on it. If, however, the umbrella is on the listener's lap, resting against his/her shoulder, or if someone else is holding it over the listener's head, there is no offense in teaching him/her any Dhamma. 58.I will not teach Dhamma to a person with a staff in his hand and who is not ill: a training to be observed. According to the Vibhanga, a //staff// is a pole two meters long. For some reason, any pole shorter or longer than that would not come under this rule. 59.I will not teach Dhamma to a person with a knife in his hand and who is not ill: a training to be observed. The term //knife// here includes anything with a blade. According to the Commentary, if the knife is not in the listener's hand -- e.g., it is in a sheath attached to the belt -- there is no penalty in teaching him/her any Dhamma. 60.I will not teach Dhamma to a person with a weapon in his hand and who is not ill: a training to be observed. The Vibhanga defines //weapon// as a bow, and the Commentary includes arrows here as well. The Vinaya Mukha adds guns; and in fact any weapon that does not have a blade would seem to fall under this rule. Again, if the weapon is not in the listener's hand -- e.g., it is in a holster attached to the belt -- there is no penalty in teaching him/her any Dhamma. 61.[62] I will not teach Dhamma to a person wearing non-leather [leather] footwear who is not ill: a training to be observed. The Pali terms for non-leather and leather footwear -- //paduka// and //upahana// -- cover all forms of shoes, sandals, and boots (see Mv.V.1.30-8.3). Wearing means any one of three things: placing one's feet on top of the footwear without inserting the toes; inserting the toes without fastening the footwear; or fastening the footwear with the toes inside. 63. I will not teach Dhamma to a person in a vehicle and who is not ill: a training to be observed. The Commentary makes the point that if the vehicle is large enough to seat two or more, the bhikkhu may sit together with his listener and teach Dhamma without penalty. The same holds true if the bhikkhu and his listener are in separate vehicles, as long as the bhikkhu's vehicle is the same height or higher than his listener's and is not following along behind it. 64. I will not teach Dhamma to a person lying down who is not ill: a training to be observed. The Commentary goes into great detail on this rule, listing the various permutations of the bhikkhu's position and his listener's, saying which ones are allowable and which ones not: A bhikkhu lying down may teach any listener who is standing or sitting down. He may also teach a listener lying down on a piece of furniture, a mat, or the ground, as long as the bhikkhu's position is on an equal level or higher than his listener's. A bhikkhu sitting down may teach a listener who is standing or sitting down (see also Sekhiyas 68 & 69), but not one who is lying down, unless the listener is ill. A bhikkhu standing may teach a listener who is also standing, but not one who is sitting or lying down, again unless the listener is ill (see Sekhiya 70). 65. I will not teach Dhamma to a person who sits holding up his knees and who is not ill: a training to be observed. The position of //holding up the knees// is discussed in detail under Sekhiya 26. 66. I will not teach Dhamma to a person wearing headgear who is not ill: a training to be observed. This rule applies only to headgear -- such as turbans or hats -- that hide all of the hair. If the hat/turban does not hide all of the hair, or if the listener adjusts it so as to expose some hair, it would not come under this rule. 67. I will not teach Dhamma to a person whose head is covered (with a robe or scarf) and who is not ill: a training to be observed. There is no offense in teaching if the listener adjusts the robe or scarf to uncover his/her head. 68.Sitting on the ground, I will not teach Dhamma to a person sitting on a seat who is not ill: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, a //seat// here includes even a piece of cloth or a pile of grass. 69.Sitting on a low seat, I will not teach Dhamma to a person sitting on a high seat who is not ill: a training to be observed. The Commentary states that this rule also covers cases where the bhikkhu and his listener are both sitting on the ground, but the listener is sitting on a higher piece of ground than the bhikkhu. 70.Standing, I will not teach Dhamma to a person sitting who is not ill: a training to be observed. 71.Walking behind, I will not teach Dhamma to a person walking ahead who is not ill: a training to be observed. There is no offense, the Commentary says, if the bhikkhu and his listener are walking side by side; or if two bhikkhus are walking along, one in front of the other, and they practice reciting a passage of Dhamma together. 72.Walking beside a path, I will not teach Dhamma to a person walking on the path and who is not ill: a training to be observed. * * * Four: The 3 Miscellaneous Rules 73.Not being ill, I will not defecate or urinate while standing: a training to be observed. Arguing from the Commentary's allowance under the following rule, it would seem that a bhikkhu who needs to urinate, finds himself in a public restroom, and can no longer hold himself in while waiting for a toilet, would qualify as "ill" here and so would be able to use a urinal without penalty. 74.Not being ill, I will not defecate, urinate, or spit on living crops: a training to be observed. The Vinaya Mukha says that //crops// here includes all plants that are tended -- such as in gardens, farms, or lawns -- but not plants growing wild. The Commentary includes roots of living trees that appear above ground, in addition to green plants running along on top of the ground. It also notes that the Mahapaccari, one of the ancient commentaries on which it is based, includes blowing the nose under the term //spitting// in this rule and the next. According to the Vibhanga, there is no offense in using plants to cover up feces, urine, or saliva; and the Commentary states that a bhikkhu looking for a place without crops to do his business, can't find one, and is unable to hold himself in any longer, would qualify as "ill" under this rule. 75.Not being ill, I will not defecate, urinate, or spit in water: a training to be observed. According to the Commentary, //water// here includes water fit for drinking or bathing, but not water unfit for such use -- e.g., salt water, stagnant water -- or water in a toilet. If there is a flood with no dry ground available, there is no offense in relieving oneself in the water. As under the preceding rule, the Vibhanga says that there is no offense in using water to cover up feces, urine, or saliva, or to wash them away. * * * The Cullavagga (VIII.10) contains a series of rules on the etiquette in using a restroom. Among them: -- The restroom should be used in order of arrival, rather than in order of seniority. ("Now at that time, bhikkhus used the restroom in order of seniority. Newly-ordained bhikkhus, having arrived first in dire need to go, had to wait and keeled over stiff from holding themselves in.") -- One should not go bursting into the restroom. (According to the Vinaya Mukha, this means not only that one should not go rushing in, but also that one should not go in with one's lower robe open or pulled up.) Before entering, one should cough or clear one's throat; if a bhikkhu is inside, he should cough or clear his throat in response. -- One's robes should be hung up on a line or rod before entering. This, according to the Vinaya Mukha, refers to one's upper and outer robe. -- One should not make grunting or groaning noises while relieving oneself. -- If the toilet or restroom is dirty, one should clean it for the next person. -- One should not go bursting out of the restroom when finished -- again, taking care not to have one's lower robe pulled up or open. Cv. VIII.9 adds that after one has defecated -- inside a restroom or not -- one should always rinse oneself if water is available. * * * * * * * *

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