Buddhist Nuns, Monks, and Other Worldly Matters: Recent Papers on Monastic Buddhism in India

Buddhist Nuns, Monks, and Other Worldly Matters: Recent Papers on Monastic Buddhism in India


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ISBN-13: 9780824838812
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Series: Studies in the Buddhist Traditions Series
Pages: 574
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xiii


I The Urban Buddhist Nun and a Protective Rite for Children in Early North India 3

II On Emptying Chamber Pots without Looking and the Urban Location of Buddhist Nunneries in Early India Again 23

III On Incompetent Monks and Able Urbane Nuns in a Buddhist Monastic Code 47

IV Separate but Equal: Property Rights and the Legal Independence of Buddhist Nuns and Monks in Early North India 73

V On the Legal and Economic Activities of Buddhist Nuns: Two Examples from Early India 95

VI The Buddhist Nun as an Urban Landlord and a "Legal Person" in Early India 119

VII A New Hat for Hariti: On "Giving" Children for Their Protection to Buddhist Nuns and Monks in Early India 131

VIII On Some Who Art Not Allowed to Become Buddhist Monks or Nuns: An Old List of Types of Slaves or Unfree Laborers 157


IX Making Men into Monks 175

X Counting the Buddha and the Local Spirits In: A Monastic Ritual of Inclusion for the Rain Retreat 194

XI The Buddhist "Monastery" and the Indian Garden: Aesthetics, Assimilations, and the Siting of Monastic Establishments 224

XII On Monks and Menial Laborers: Some Monastic Accounts of Building Buddhist Monasteries 251

XIII A Well-Sanitized Shroud: Asceticism and Institutional Values in the Middle Period of Buddhist Monasticism 276

XIV The Buddhist Bhiksu's Obligation to Support His Parents in Two Vinaya Traditions 311

XV On Buddhist Monks and Dreadful Deities: Some Monastic Devices for Updating the Dharma 333


XVI Celebrating Odd Moments: The Biography of the Buddha in Some Mulasarvastivadin Cycles of Religious Festivals 361

XVII Taking the Bodhisattva into Town: More Texts on the Image of "the Bodhisattva" and Image Processions in the Mulasarvastivada-vinaya 390

XVIII The Learned Monk as a Comic Figure: On Reading a Buddhist Vinaya as Indian Literature 404

XIX On the Underside of a Sacred Space: Some Less Appreciated Functions of the Temple in Classical India 432

Index of Archaeological Sites and Inscriptions 449

Index of Texts 451

Index of Subjects 455

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