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patimokkha

Buddhist monastic code; a set of 227 rules that govern the daily activities of the monk and nun. The prohibitions of the patimokkha are arranged in the Pali canon according to the severity of the offense-from those that require immediate and lifelong expulsion from the order, temporary suspension, or various degrees of restitution or expiation to those that require confession only. Also given are rules for settling disputes within the monastic community. The entire patimokkha is recited during the uposatha, or fortnightly assembly of Theravada monks.

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