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Mv V 04
PTS: Mv V 3 | CS: vin.mv.05.04
The Allowance of Cast-off Multi-soled Leather Footwear[1]
Ven. Khematto Bhikkhu
Alternate translations/layout: 'line by line' Pāḷi - English

(Mv.V.3.1) [7] Now on that occasion the Blessed One, early in the morning — having adjusted his under robe and taking his bowl & outer robe — entered Rājagaha for alms with a certain monk as his attendant. Then the monk, hobbling along, followed behind the Blessed One. A certain lay follower who had put on multi-soled leather footwear saw the Blessed One, coming in the distance. On seeing him, he took off his leather footwear and went to the Blessed One. On arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, he went to the monk. On arrival, he bowed down to him and said,

(Mv.V.3.1) “Venerable sir, why is the master hobbling along?”

“Friend, my feet are split.”

“Take (my) leather footwear, venerable sir.”

“Enough, friend. The Blessed One has prohibited multi-soled leather footwear.”

[The Buddha:] “Monk, accept that leather footwear.”

Then the Blessed One, having given a Dhamma talk with regard to this cause, to this incident, addressed the monks:

“Monks, I allow multi-soled leather footwear that has been cast off (or thrown away). But new multi-soled leather footwear should not be worn. Whoever should wear it: an offense of wrong doing.”


See also: BMC.
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