Chabbaggiya Monks and Nuns, collectively known as the ‘Group of Six’, are very frequently found in Vinaya narratives as the first offenders of various Vinaya offenses.
While most authors tend to assume these were fictitious characters created to provide a narrative for the rules found in the Buddhist Monastic Code, the article found below tries to examine the historicity of this group.
Having this article and the Vinaya itself as a reference, let’s discuss.
Pandita-chabbaggiya4-final-1.pdf (162.0 KB)
G P Malalasekera (1899-1973)'s Dictionary of Pali Names entry on Chabbaggiya: