Dasa-dandu are ten prohibitions which are enjoined upon the Buddhist monks, to be studied during their novitiate, as follows:

1. The eating of food after mid-day;

2. The seeing of dances or the hearing of music or singing;

3. The use of ornaments or perfumes;

4. The use of a seat or couch more than a cubit high.

5. The receiving of gold, silver, or money:

6. Practicing some deception to prevent another priest from -receiving that to which he is entitled;

7. Practicing some deception to injure another priest, or bring him into danger;

8. Practicing some deception in order to cause another priest to be expelled from the community;

9. Speaking evil of another priest;

10. Uttering slanders in order to excite dissension among the priests of the same community.

The first five of these crimes may be forgiven, if the priest bring sand and sprinkled in the court-yard of the wihara; and the second five may be forgiven after temporary expulsion" (Hardy, Eastern Monachism; page 28).

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