Nails. - Fingernails and toenails are not to be grown long.
Now on that occasion a certain bhikkhu with long nails was going for alms. A certain woman, on seeing him, said to him, 'Come, venerable sir. Engage in sexual intercourse.'"Enough, sister. That isn't allowable.""But, venerable sir, if you don't engage (in sexual intercourse), I'll scratch my limbs now with my own nails and make a fuss: 'I've been wronged by this bhikkhu!'""Do you know (what you're doing) (§), sister?"Then the woman, having scratched her limbs with her own nails, made a fuss: "I've been wronged by this bhikkhu!"People, rushing up, grabbed hold of the bhikkhu. But they saw skin and blood on the woman's nails. On seeing this, (and saying,) "This was done by this woman herself. The bhikkhu is innocent," they let him go.
The nails should be cut even with the flesh — a nail clipper is allowed for this purpose — and may be polished only to the extent of removing dirt and stains.
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