Need references for descriptions of Buddhist nuns in literature

Joseph Walser joseph.walser at TUFTS.EDU
Mon Sep 28 20:28:15 UTC 2009

Dear Rajam,

You may also want to look at:
Rules for Nuns According to the Dharmaguptakavinaya: The Discipline in 
Four Parts (3 Book Set from Motilal Banarsidass) by Ann Heirman .


rajam wrote:
> Dear All,
> I'm looking for any descriptions of Buddhist nuns in any earliest 
> Buddhist literature.
> Specifically, I'm interested in understanding whether our literature 
> reflected reality, and if so to what extent.
> In literature -- How are the Buddhist nuns described?
> In reality -- How were they officiated? What did they wear? Did they 
> wear any jewelry to adorn themselves? Did they shave their head? What 
> did they eat? Where did they live? Did they maintain their ties with 
> their kin? What did they do on a daily basis -- did they go around and 
> preach, and if so what did they do and preach?, ... , so on and so forth.
> I would appreciate any informative posting on this list. Please also 
> feel free to contact me directly at: <rajam at>.
> Thanks and regards,
> Rajam

Joseph Walser
Associate Professor
Department of Religion
Tufts University
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