What is a Sima?
- Dear Venerable,
I would be much obliged if you could tell me what a sima is and
what actually is its function. When in the history of Buddhism was a
sima erected and on what occassion did the Lord Buddha say something
about sima from the Nikayas. Could you please cite the suttas from
which I could read more about Sima hall. It would be best if you
could also recommend any website that explain in detail about the
functions of a sima.
Thanking you in anticipation.
- A sima is a boundary created for formal acts of the Sangha.
To ordain a bhikkhu, for example we need the consent of all the monks
present. A boundary is necessary to define the limits for who is
considered to be present. If we have consent of all the monks within
the boundary, we don't need the consent of all the bhikkhus outside of
The rules for creating a sima are defined in the Vinaya texts. It
doesn't require a special building, and can be a large area or a small