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IV, 6, 2.
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THE SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES.

the dispensation of those who are no longer insane, that grant is not valid.

'Again, O Bhikkhus, in case a Bhikkhu have committed an offence, and in respect thereof either the Samgha, or a number of Bhikkhus, or a single Bhikkhu, warn him, saying, "Does the venerable one call to mind that he has been guilty of such and such an offence?" And he, though he is not insane, acts in the (deceptive) way of an insane person[1], saying, "I act so, and you act so likewise. It beseems me, and it likewise beseems you." Then if the Samgha grant him the dispensation of those who are no longer insane, that grant is not valid.

'These are the three cases, O Bhikkhus, in which a grant of the dispensation for those who are no longer insane is not valid.

2. 'What are the three cases in which grants of dispensation for those who are no longer insane are valid ?

'In the first place, O Bhikkhus, in case a Bhikkhu be insane and out of his mind; and by him, when so insane and out of his mind, many things unworthy of a samana have been committed, as well in speech as in act. And either the Samgha, or a number of Bhikkhus, or a single Bhikkhu, warns him in respect thereof, saying, "Does the venerable one call to mind that he has committed such and such an offence?" And he really not remembering it, answers, "I do not remember, Sirs, that I have been guilty of such and such an offence." Then if the Samgha grants him the dispensation for those who are no longer insane, that grant is valid.


  1. Ummattakâlayam karoti, on which Buddhaghosa says nothing. The word recurs in the following section.