The Journey of One Buddhist Nun / Edition 1

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Recounts the struggles of a young Thai woman to become a Buddhist nun and the challenges and rewards of that life.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…the rich details that [Brown] provides in terms of Maechi Waµbiµ’s experiences is truly commendable.” — H-Net Reviews (H-Buddhism)

“An absorbing and unique story. At the heart of it is Waµbiµ’s personal spiritual journey, especially as a Buddhist meditation practitioner. The reader also learns a considerable amount about women in Thai Buddhism.” — Donald K. Swearer, author of The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

“This book will give readers some good insights into the actual practice of Buddhism today and the difficulties that some women have encountered in trying to live it.” — George D. Bond, author of The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka: Religious Tradition, Reinterpretation, and Response

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791450963
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,560,878
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Sid Brown is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of the South. She lived at a convent for Buddhist nuns in Thailand while researching this book.

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Table of Contents


1. A Young Buddhist Goes Forth

2. Who Gets to Drink in the Dhamma and How

3. A Friend in Need

4. The Beginning of a Crisis in Faith: Harsh Speech

5. Hellfire and Karma

6. Like a Corpse-Filled Bowl: Meditation and Maechi

7. A Heart Defeated in Faith: Crisis and Loss

8. Perseverance and Striving: Resolution of the Crisis

9. Confidence in a New Way of Living Dhamma

10. Possibilities and Resolution: Maechi Wabi and the Institute of Thai Maechi

11. Meditation and Social Work: The Institute and Maechi Leaders

12. Departure

13. Conclusion

Appendix Approach, Transliteration, Pronunciation, and Translation





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