That's why B.C. Law wrote an article entitled "Chronology of the Pali Canon", in which he suggested the Vinaya Pitaka was developed in stages over the period of 300 years, after the Buddha's Parinibbana:puthujjana wrote:Hej Chula,Chula wrote:If I haven't remembered wrong the bhikkhu was complaining that the Patimokkha now had 150 rules.. Interesting since now it contains 227..
Does anyone know where this passage is from?
it's from AN 3:83.
Bhikkhu Bodhi's note on the 150-rules-passage:
"This is said with reference to the Patimokha, the code of monastic rules, which in its Pali version actually contains 227 rules. Perhaps at this time the Patimokha had not yet reached its final shape."
1) earlier Patimokkha code of 152 rules; then
2) the Suttavibhanga; then
3) the Mahavagga and the Cullavagga, the Patimokkha code completing 227 rules; then
4) the Parivarapatha.