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By Wei-yi Cheng

Taking a comparative technique, this fieldwork-based research explores the lives and options of Buddhist nuns in present-day Taiwan and Sri Lanka. the writer examines the postcolonial heritage and its impression at the smooth state of affairs, in addition to surveying the most old, monetary, and social elements which impression the placement of nuns in society. in response to unique examine, together with interviews with nuns in either nations, the ebook examines their views on debatable matters and specifically these about the prestige of girls in Buddhism. issues mentioned comprise allegedly misogynist teachings when it comes to women’s inferior karma, that they can not turn into Buddhas, and that nuns need to stick with extra rules that clergymen don't. Bridging the distance among feminist concept and the truth of girls in faith, the e-book makes a special contribution to the examine of girls in Buddhism via concentrating on nuns from either one of the most wings of Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana) in addition to furthering feminist experiences of Buddhism and faith normally.

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I didn’t like that. So it remained like that for some years. . Yes, [my professors] don’t like bhikkhunC. They never want bhikkhunC. . They thought it’s all Theravada. They considered bhikkhunC as Mahayana. They think Mahayana bhikkhunC don’t live like bhikkhunC. . I think most of the bhikkhunC are good. I was there in Taiwan. But they are mostly Mahayana and they practice mostly social-Bodhisattvas vows and it is not the original Pali. It’s not the original Buddhism; it’s different. But they are good.

G. helping the laity to pray for material gain). It is likely that bhikkhunC Xiudao’s criticism of material pursuit had a profound impact on bhikkhunC Cheng-Yen, for she became adamant about ascetic practice. In 1963, Wang Jinyun heard about an upcoming ordination in Taipei. She left Hualien for the ordination. However, because she was not ordained properly and had no monastic teacher, she was refused entry to the formal ordination. Disappointed, she went shopping at a Buddhist bookshop before returning to Hualien.

As is the custom in Sri Lanka, villagers also often came to offer alms, such as a meal for the nuns. The curriculum of the school indicates that it does not intend to shut itself off in a secluded environment. In addition to Pali, Sanskrit, Dharma, and Vinaya – the usual study subjects for members of sangha – the school also provides secular subjects such as English, Math, Science, etc. Furthermore, graduates from the school are eligible to sit government exams for GCE O level or GCE A level (secular education), and government-recognized exams for Buddhism and Oriental Languages ( pracheena).

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