'Is it true, O Bhikkhus, that the A^abbaggiya Bhikkhus do so ?'
It is true, Lord/
Then he rebuked them, and when he had delivered a religious discourse, he addressed the Bhikkhus, and said:
'No official act, O Bhikkhus, — whether the Tagganiya-kamma, or the Nissaya-kamma, or the Pabbdfaniya-kamma, or the Pa/isAra»iya-kamma, or the Ukkhepaniya-kamma, — is to be carried out against Bhikkhus who have not confessed themselves guilty. Whosoever does so, shall be guilty of a dukka/a offence/
1. 'Now, O Bhikkhus, an official act carried out against a Bhikkhu who has confessed himself guilty is invalid as follows, and is valid as follows. And how does such an official act become invalid ? In case a Bhikkhu have committed a P&r&fika offence, and in respect thereof either the Sawgha, or a number of Bhikkhus, or a single Bhikkhu warns him, saying, " The venerable one has been guilty of a P&r&gika." And he replies thus, " I have not, Sirs, been guilty of a P&r^ika. I have been guilty of a Sawghidisesa/' And in respect thereof the Sawgha deals with him for a Sawgh&disesa. Then
that official act is invalid.'
- The mode in which such a confession ought to be made is set out in full in IV, 14, 30-34.