The Joys and Challenges of a Pioneer
Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni
(This article originally appeared as a resource for the annual Int'l Bhikkhuni Day organized by Alliance for Bhikkhunis.)
Finding a Way Forward
Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni
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- Mahāpajāpatī's Going Forth in the Madhyama-āgama We are grateful to the Journal of Buddhist Ethics for kindly and graciously allowing us to reprint Ven. Analayo's article.
- Gender Discrimination in the Pali Canon In approaching the scriptures of the Pāli canon for guidance and orientation, we need to be aware of the fact that this material is the final product of a prolonged period of oral transmission and thus may not always fully reflect the original.
- The Bahudhaatuka-sutta and its Parallels on Women's Inabilities The present article offers a comparative study of the Bahudhātuka-sutta, based on a translation of one of its parallels found in the Madhyama-āgama preserved in Chinese translation. The study focuses in particular on the dictum that a woman cannot be a Buddha, which is absent from the Madhyama-āgama version.
- Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā Proves Her Wisdom
- Mahāpajāpatī's Going Forth in the Madhyama-āgama
- The Challenge of the Future How Will the Sangha Fare in North American Buddhism? (PDF version)
- The Revival of Bhikkhuni Ordination in the Theravada Tradition In this monograph, originally presented at a 2007 conference in Hamburg on “Buddhist Women’s Role in the Sangha,” Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi takes up the arguments used to oppose reviving the Bhikkhunī Sangha, and closely examines the three main areas of contention - novice ordination, the probationary training, and full ordination - offering a positive approach to each (PDF 1.24mb).
- Bhikkhuni Education Today: Seeing Challenges as Opportunities Bhikkhu Bodhi speaks in the subject of bhikkhuni eduation (audio).
- Who Says We Never Had Bhikkhuni Clergy by Sanitsuda Ekachai, Bangkok Post.
Gross, Rita M.
- How American Women are Changing Buddhism American women are taking Buddhism away from its patriarchal past, participating confidently as practitioners, teachers, and leaders. The job is not finished, says Rita M. Gross, one of Buddhism's leading feminist thinkers, but the role of American Buddhist women is unprecedented and may change Buddhism forever.
Gunasari, Ven. Bhikkhuni
- Ven. Sariputta's Life dhamma talk Part 1, July 18, 2011
- Ven. Sariputta's Life dhamma talk Part 2, July 18, 2011
Hecker, Dr. Hellmuth
- Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha An exploration of the Therigatha (Verses of the Elder Nuns) from the most prominent German writer on Theravada Buddhism, chronicler of the history of Buddhim in Germany, and leading translator of the Pali Canon.
- Uninhibited Monastic Life for Nuns An article about the community at Dhammasara Nuns Monastery in Perth, Australia.
- On the Bhikkuni Question: An Interview with Ajahn Brahm The full-length interview.
- On the Bhikkuni Question: An Interview with Ajahn Brahm The abbreviated interview.
- Old Pillar, New Possibilities What the revival of the Bhikkhuni Sangha contributes to Thai women and society.
- A Sacred Lotus: Spiritual activist Susan Pembroke nurtures the development of Theravada bhikkhuni communities around the world Bangkok Post article about the Alliance for Bhikkhunis, by Nissara Horayangura (PDF 563kb).
- Women in Early Buddhist Literature The author examines how early women were the main upholders and supporters of Buddhism.
Jootla, Susan Elbaum
- Inspiration From Enlightened Nuns Exploring poems composed by the ancient arahant bhikkhunis (Therigatha), and viewing these poems as springs of inspiration for contemporary Buddhists.
Kusuma, Ven. Bhikkhuni
- Inaccuracies in Buddhist Women's History Inaccuracies about bhikkhunis recorded in the Canon, particularly in the text known as the Cullavagga.
Sobhana, Ven. Bhikkhuni
- Contemporary Bhikkuni Ordination in Sri Lanka An overview of the bhikkhuni ordination situation in Sri Lanka.
- Introduction to Metta meditation at Insight Meditation Ventura, 3/19/2011. Audio talk on Metta. File size: 37.07MB
- "The problem with Consciousness" conclusion of Pancupadanakkhandha talks at ABS Temple Sacramento, 4/23/2011. Audio talk on Suffering and Pure Awareness. File size: 10.04 MB
- "Pancupadanakkhandha is Dukkha" at ABS Temple Sacramento, 4/23/2011. Audio talk on Dukkha. File size: 7.8 MB
- Restraint in Accordance with Patimokkha An elegant exploration of living life within the Dhamma-Vinaya.
Sudhamma, Ven. Bhikkhuni
- Longing to Ordain Tracing the origin of contemporary Buddhist ordination of women to Queen Anula, Sri Lanka's first bhikkhuni, trhe author recounts her experiences when visiting the Queen's stupa.
- Personal Perspective on Vinaya An exploration of Vinaya shows that it contains many hidden treasures waiting to be found by those with the patience and faith to give them a try.
Sujato, Ven. Bhikkhu
- A Painful Ambiguity 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.
- Bhikkhuni FAQ Facts about bhikkhunis and bhikkhuni ordination.
- Bhikkhuni Vinaya Studies Exploration of issues confronting fully ordained nuns (bhikkhunis) in modern Buddhism. Includes detailed textual analysis based on comparison of the original Vinaya texts (PDF 1.3mb).
- Bhikkhunis in Theravada A submission to the ongoing dialogue on bhikkhuni ordination in the three main traditions, prepared for the Tibetan Committee of Western Bhikkhunis (PDF 36kb).
- Dark Matter A special investigation look at the slow progress of bhikkhuni ordination.
- Full Acceptance The participation of women in the renunciate life.
- Now is the Time Paper presented at the discussion panel with HH Dalai Lama on the final day of the First International Congress on Buddhist Women's Role in the Sangha.
- Vutthapana and Upasampada A technical discussion of Vinaya terminology regarding bhikkhuni ordination, suggesting that certain aspects of the bhikkhuni Vinaya texts were preserved in the oral tradition of the bhikkhunis themselves, separate from the main redaction tradition of the bhikkhus.
- Who Trains for Two Years? It is often assumed that all women must spend two years training as a sikkhamānā (trainee) before ordaining as a bhikkhuni. This article looks at what this really means.
Tathaaloka, Ven. Bhikkhuni Theri
- Beyond Ambiguity: Going Beyond Gender Ambiguity in Theravada Forest Tradition In modern times, with open public access via the World Wide Web to the Buddha's teaching, in ways that may have only had parallel in the Buddha's lifetime - if ever at all in Buddhist history - the seeming ambiguity of the Buddhist Sutta and Vinaya texts related to gender has become a phenomena of which there is a global awareness. And with the ambiguity, in our modern cultural context, there arises doubt and a substantial amount of suffering, along with waves of attempts at clarification and reconciliation.
- Saffron and Green in the Clear Forest Pool The Buddhist monastic community is founded upon, and well endowed with, effective practices of honest self-reflection and introspection, an eye for the inter-relatedness of conditions that lead to either our harm or welfare, and a heart of great and compassionate caring sensitivity for humanity and all living beings.
- Entering Monastic Life and Ordaining as a Bhikkhuni in Theravada Buddhism Dear friend interested in Theravadan Buddhist monastic life.... this page is written with deep appreciation for your aspiration, and the goodness that can come in its fulfilment.
- Dipavamsa Bhikkhuni Highlights Selected exerpts with summeries and comments from The Dipavamsa: An Ancient Buddhist Historical Record, translated by Hermann Oldenberg and compiled by Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni.
- The Amazing Transformations of Arahant Theri Uppalavanna