Need references for descriptions of Buddhist nuns in literature

rajam rajam at EARTHLINK.NET
Mon Sep 28 19:54:56 UTC 2009

Thank you Dan! I'll look into these studies.


On Sep 28, 2009, at 12:49 PM, Dan Lusthaus wrote:

> Rajam,
> If you want to research that thoroughly, you will find a wealth of  
> material in the Pali Tipitaka, esp, the Vinaya and Nikayas. Women  
> did preach, DhammadinnA being the most prominent (e.g., Majjhima  
> NikAya 24). As for what they wore, daily activities, the vinaya is  
> filled with rules and descriptions of that; there are more rules  
> for nuns than for more monks.
> Aside from working through the Vinaya yourself (which I recommend),  
> see also:
> Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, _A Comparative Study of BhikkhunI  
> pATimokkha_ Varnasi and Delhi: Chaukhambha Orientalia, 1994.
> _Women in the Footsteps of the Buddha: Struggle for Liberation in  
> the Therigatha_ by Kathryn R. Blackstone. Motilal Banarsidass; 1st  
> Indian ed edition (2000).
> Others can provide additional reading.
> Dan Lusthaus
> ----- Original Message -----
>> I'm looking for any descriptions of Buddhist nuns in any earliest  
>> Buddhist literature.
>> Rajam

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