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It is often assumed that all women must spend two years training as a sikkhamānā (trainee) before ordaining as a bhikkhunī.This article looks at what this really means.
For a more in depth study see the Sikkhmana website
This new work by Bhante Sujato includes ground-breaking research examining the origins of Buddhist sectarianism. The work brings together textual and archaeological sources to paint a new picture of the relationships between the schools, especially those of the existing Vinaya lineages.
A technical discussion of Vinaya terminology regarding bhikkhuni ordination, suggesting that certain aspects of the bhikkhuni Vinaya texts were preserved in oral tradition of the bhikkhunis themselves, separate from the main redaction tradition of the bhikkhus.
An essay on the construction of bhikkhunis as embodied in the early scriptures. The life of the Buddha is designed as a hero myth, and this frames the the origin story of bhikkhunis in mythic, rather than historical, terms.
A conversation with a sceptic.
“Gotami’s Story” is a two-part work containing a short history and analysis of a Buddhist story followed by a translation of the story itself. Jonathan S. Walters introduces the story with a short recounting of significant events in Indian history, thereby giving some background information to which the reader can relate the narrative.
The ASA has been asks to provide advice and support on the troubling topic of nuns and rape
Selected exerts with summaries and comments from The Dipavamsa: An Ancient Buddhist Historical Record, Translated by Hermann Oldenberg. First published in Berlin, 1879
This article shows the standpoint of the conservative and progressive and gives both viewpoints.
This article by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi also has in the appendix of a translation of part of the Milindapañha Aṭṭhakathā, a commentary done by Ven. Jetvan Sayadaw (Ven. Mahasi's teacher) which expresses his support for Bhikkhuni ordination.
This Article has also been translated into Thai and can be downloaded here.
Translations from the historical records preserved in the Chinese canon, telling of the arrival of bhikkhunis in China from Sri Lanka.
A submission to the ongoing dialogue on bhikkhuni ordination in the three main traditions, prepared for the Tibetan Committee of Western Bhikkhunis.Bhikkhuni vinaya studies -[book order]
A collection of essays about women roles and rules as depicted in the bhikkhuni vinaya - by Bhante Sujato
The participation of women in the renunciate life.
Ordination lineages in the three traditions: a contribution towards understanding.
Information about Bhikkhuni ordination done by Bhikkhus alone -By Bhante Sujato
A large variety of articles on the topic of Bhikkhunis and nuns.
The Present Status of the Bhikshuni Ordination
Infomation about the The Committee of Western Bhikshunis of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
By Bhiksuni Thubten Chodron.
A Response Regarding The Lineage Of Bhiksuni Vinaya by The Committee Of Western Bhiksunis
Reclaiming the Robe
A brief analysis of the Pratimoksa Sutra
How Menstrual Taboos Reflect and Sustain Women's Internalized Oppression
the Buddha really have taught this Sutra where women were in hell for
polluting the deity of the earth with the blood the women had shed
during the birth of their children?
Problems with Bhikkunis in the Pali Vinaya
Controversy between the two major sects of Jainism about spiritual liberation of women in Jainnism
A New Possibility
Thai Buddhism and Patriarchy
Thai Buddhism, only boys get educational support from the temples as novicesA Brief History of Bhiksuni Ordination
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