Reference: Tripitakas -- Three sacred scriptures in Buddhism. In them, the VinayapiTaka -- The treatise dealing with discipline. pAtimOkka (praatimooksham?)-- Fornightly confessional and corrective Review Meeting of monks and nuns about the status of their discipline. Bhikkunii pATImokka -- -do- for nuns.
pAcittIyams -- Atonements, and reparations.
bhikkunii pAcittIyams -- -do- for nuns.
bhikkunI nissaggika pAcittIyams --Confessions and atonements for intentional deviations.
Chapter 1 lasuna vagga
No. 2 kAmAsakti kAryaM -- An act which indicates interest in sex. The following need pAcittIyam (confession and atonement).
1. Growing pubal hair.
2. tALaghAtakam (Artificial sexual intercourse).
3. jAtumaddakam (A sex tool or toy made of shell lac).
4. A nun while cleaning her vulva with water should not insert more than two phalanges. She has to confess and atone, if she violates this upper limit.
Were there artificial sex tools in those days!
What a shameful rules are these! No wonder, in a few centuries, the number of bhikkunis (nuns) has come to nought. Buddha himself might not have imposed this type of harsh rules and codes.
Is this not an excessive interference into personal medical issues?
Were these things occurring so too frequently, that a rule has become an imperative need?
These oppressive rules might have been the handiwork of some sadist Head of some convent. Rules themselves can be contagious!