Buddha-Dharma-Sangha History

City of Kosambī near Vārāṇasī (Benares), India

“Kosambī. Important city in the time of the *Buddha located some 30 leagues west of *Vārāṇasī (Benares) by river. There were four residences (*ārāma) for use by the *monks, and the *Buddha stayed in them on several occasions. Kosambī was the site of the only *schism to occur during the Buddha’s life when a monk was excommunicated as a result of an alleged monastic offence. The monk disputed his guilt and a bitter quarrel broke out between his supporters and opponents. The Buddha intervened but the parties refused to heed him and even came to blows. A second intervention by the Buddha failed to secure results and disgusted he withdrew to the forest for a solitary retreat. Under pressure from the laity the monks repented, resolved their dispute, and sought the Buddha’s pardon.” (PDoB)

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