Conference on Buddhist Nuns in India

Shayne Clarke clarsha at MCMASTER.CA
Thu Mar 17 22:26:31 UTC 2011

Dear colleagues,

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program is pleased to announce an international conference on the lives of ordained Buddhist nuns in India from the time of the Buddha until the eventual disappearance of the bhikṣuṇī saṅgha from Indian soil.

Buddhist Nuns in India
April 16-17, 2011, University of Toronto
Trinity College, Combination Room. 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto
Sponsored by the University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program

All conference sessions are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Shayne Clarke: clarsha at

Panelists include:
Shayne Clarke (McMaster University) "Guṇaprabha, Yijing, Bu sTon and the Lack of a Coherent System of Rules for Nuns in the Tibetan Tradition of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya"
Christoph Emmrich (University of Toronto, Mississauga) "And Then There Were None? Mrs. Shakya and the Sketchy History of the Nepalese Bhikṣuṇīs"
Ann Heirman (University of Gent) "Beyond Gender: Bodily Care in Indian Buddhist Monasticism"
Oskar von Hinüber (Universität Freiburg) "Pious and Useful: Women Who did Not Become Nuns in Early Buddhism"
Hiraoka Satoshi (Kyoto Bunkyō University) "Did Yaśodharā become a Nun? On the Indebtedness of the Lotus Sūtra to the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya"
Petra Kieffer-Pülz (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg) "Buddhist Nuns in South India as Reflected in the Andhakaṭṭhakathā and the Anugaṇṭhipada"
Jinah Kim (Vanderbilt University) "At the Feet of the Buddha: Representations of Buddhist Nuns and Monastic Women in Medieval South Asia"
Kishino Ryōji (University of California, Los Angeles) "On Possible Misunderstandings of the Brahmacaryopasthānasaṃvṛti Requirement for Female Ordination in the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya"
Jason Neelis (Wilfrid Laurier University) "Female Ownership of Buddhist Monasteries? A Closer Look at Vihārasvāminīs and Feminine Patronage in South Asian Sources"
Sasaki Shizuka (Hanazono University) "An Analytical Study of the Bhikṣuṇī Pārājika rules in the Vinayas"
Gregory Schopen (University of California, Los Angeles) "The Buddhist Nun as an Urban Landlord and a 'Legal Person' in Early India"
Jampa Tsedroen (Universität Hamburg) "The Foundation of the Order of Buddhist Nuns According to the Tibetan Translation of the Kṣudrakavastu of the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya"
Yao Fumi (Tokyo University) "The Story of Dharmadinnā: Ordination by Messenger in the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya"
Yonezawa Yoshiyasu (Taishō University) "Re-editing the Bhikṣuṇī-vibhaṅga Section of the Vinayasūtra"

Respondents: Kate Crosby (University of London), Paul Groner (University of Virginia), Shimoda Masahiro (Tokyo University)

Shayne Clarke


Shayne Clarke
Department of Religious Studies
McMaster University
University Hall, Room 104
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4K1
Phone: 905 525 9140, ext. 23389
Fax: 905 525 8161

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