Continuing the discussion from Dhamma doodles :
I’ve received a lot of enthusiastic requests for more vinaya doodles, so I’ve decided to give it a try.
Experience shows that vinaya threads can lead to very heated debates, and people seem to have particularly strong views, so I’d like to set some ground rules:
- The purpose of this thread is to explore the rules of the bhikkhu and the bhikkhuni patimokkhas in a playful way. If you begin to feel upset, please don’t post until you feel better.
- Questions, comments, and ideas are welcome. If a lengthy discussion develops (more than about 6-8 replies), a moderator or someone else with special powers will split it into a new thread.
- Remember that every vinaya rule has a large scope for interpretation. Please don’t get upset if others don’t share your particular view, or if you feel that a rule is discriminatory or out-of-date. It’s OK to discuss these things as long as people remain light-hearted.
@Aminah has volunteered to keep an eye on this thread to make sure participation is pleasant for everyone. Yay, many thanks!
Some basics about the patimokkhas:
The patimokkhas are the main collections of rules for bhikkhus and bhikkhunis and are recited in monasteries on every full moon and new moon day. The bhikkhu patimokkha has eight classes of offenses, the bhikkhuni patimokkha has seven. The most serious offenses are the parajikas, which lead to immediate disrobing. Lesser rules require specific procedures to clear the offense.
In the Theravada tradition (which I’ll be doodling here), the bhikkhus have 227 rules in total, the bhikkhunis have 311. Many of these rules are the same in both patimokkhas and are called the „shared rules“. In addition, each patimokkha has rules of its own.