THE SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES AMONG THE FRATERNITY.
1. Now at that time the Blessed Buddha was dwelling at Sdvatthi, in the Ar&ma of An£thapirafika. And at that time the A^abbaggiya Bhikkhus used to carry out the formal Acts — the Ta^aniya, and the Nissaya, and the Pabbi^aniya, and the Pa/is£ra»iya, and the Ukkhepaniya — against Bhikkhus who were not present.
Then those Bhikkhus who were modest were annoyed, murmured, and became indignant, saying, 'How can the A^abbaggiya Bhikkhus [act thus]?' And those Bhikkhus told the matter to the Blessed One.
'Is it true, O Bhikkhus, as they say, that the A^abbaggiya Bhikkhus carry out the (aforesaid) 1 formal Acts against Bhikkhus who are not present?'
'It is true, Lord!'
The Blessed Buddha rebuked them, saying, 'This is improper (&c, as in I, i, 2, down to the end).'
And when he had thus rebuked them, and had
- The words above are repeated.