The Rite for the Protocols Associated with Carrying the Ringing Staff

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The Rite for the Protocols Associated with Carrying the Ringing Staff (Tib. འཁར་གསིལ་འཆང་བའི་ཀུན་སྤྱོད་པའི་ཆོ་ག, Wyl. ‘khar gsil ‘chang ba’i kun spyod pa’i cho ga)[1] — a short sutra that deals with the practical matters relating to the use of the mendicant’s staff known in Sanskrit as a khakkhara (Wyl. khar gsil), or “rattling staff.” It begins with a simple ritual during which a Buddhist monk ceremoniously takes up the ringing staff in front of his monastic teacher. The text then provides a list of twenty-five rules governing the proper use of the staff. The rules stipulate how a Buddhist monk should or should not handle it in his daily life, especially when he goes on alms rounds and when he travels.[2]

Text

The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 336

References

  1. This sutra lacks the customary Sanskrit title.
  2. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.