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  • In the commu­nal life of the vassa, the Buddha had found another way to teach his monks to live for others.


  • Monks in the other sects either lived alone during the vassa, or they put up wherever they hap­pened to be, sharing a forest clearing with ascetics who fol­lowed quite different dhammas.


  • The Buddha was sensitive to this kind of criticism, and when he heard about these complaints, he made the monsoon retreat (vassa) obligatory for all Sangha members.


  • After the meeting with Vassakara, the Buddha decided to leave Rajagaha and travel north in order to spend the vassa re­treat in Vesall.


  • The Buddha ordered his bhikkhus to live together during the vassa, not with members of other sects; they could choose one of the aramas or a country settlement (avasa), which the monks built each year from scratch.


  • "Blott jag mitt svärd nu hade, du svarte bärsärksskägg, jag genom livet lade på dig den vassa egg."

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  • Klor vassa som svard, kaftar lik ulvens fram kommer vattar, smaka ver eld.

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  • A nun must always stand when in the presence of a male bhikkhu, even one who was young or newly ordained; nuns must always spend the vassa retreat in an arama with male monks, not by themselves; they must receive instruction from a bhikkhu once every fortnight; they could not hold their own ceremonies; a nun who had committed a grave offense must do penance before the monks as well as the bhikkhunls; a nun must request ordination from both the male and the female Sangha; she must never rebuke a bhikkhu, though any monk could rebuke her; nor could she preach to bhikkhus.



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