Dignity and Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns

Dignity and Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns


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Dignity and Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns by Thea Mohr

When the Buddha established his community over twenty-five centuries ago, he did so upon a foundation of unprecedented equality among women and men. And indeed, the earliest Buddhist scriptures celebrate the teachings and inspiring influence of these path-blazing female renunciants. Nonetheless, through much of the Buddhist world, the order of nuns has disappeared or was never transmitted at all.

Dignity and Discipline represents a watershed moment in Buddhist history, as the Dalai Lama together with scholars and monastics from around the world present powerful cases, grounded in both scripture and a profound appeal to human dignity, that the order of Buddhist nuns can and should be fully restored.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780861715886
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thea Mohr is author and director of numerous documentaries dealing with religious subjects, primarily Buddhism. Since 1994 she has been a lecturer for religious studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Bhikshuni Jampa Tsedroen (Carola Roloff) is an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun and a lecturer and research fellow at Hamburg University specializing in nuns' ordination and women in Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Preface Thea Mohr Jampa Tsedroen ix

Abbreviations xiii

Female Ordination in Buddhism: Looking into a Crystal Ball, Making a Future Janet Gyatso 1

The Vinaya Between History and Modernity: Some General Reflections Jens-Uwe Hartmann 23

Sects and Sectarianism The Origin of the Three Existing Vinaya Lineages: Therav&abar;da, Dharmaguptaka, and M&ubar;lasarv&abar;stiv&abar;da Bhikkhu Sujato 29

Some Remarks on the Status of Nuns and Laywomen in Early Buddhism Gisela Krey 39

Women's Renunciation in Early Buddhism: The Four Assemblies and the Foundation of the Order of Nuns An&abar;layo 65

The Revival of Bhikkhun&ibar; Ordination in the Therav&abar;da Tradition Bhikkhu Bodhi 99

The Eight Garudhammas Ute Hüsken 143

A Need to Take a Fresh Look at Popular Interpretations of the Tripi&tbdot;aka: Therav&abar;da Context in Thailand Dhammananda Bhikkhun&ibar; 149

A Lamp of Vinaya Statements: A Concise Summary of Bhik&sbdot;u&nbdot;&ibar; Ordination Tashi Tsering 161

A Tibetan Precedent for Multi-Tradition Ordination Thubten Chodron 183

A "Flawless" Ordination: Some Narratives of Nuns' Ordinations in the M&ubar;lasarv&abar;stiv&abar;da Vinaya Damcho Diana Finnegan 195

Buddhist Women's Role in the Sa&ndot;gha Lobsang Dechen 207

Preserving Endangered Ordination Traditions in the Sakya School David Jackson 211

Presuppositions for a Valid Ordination with Respect to the Restoration of the Bhik&sbdot;u&nbdot;i Ordination in the M&ubar;lasarv&abar;stiv&abar;da Tradition Petra Kieffer-Pülz 217

Creating Nuns Out of Thin Air: Problems and Possible Solutions concerning the Ordination of Nuns according to the Tibetan Monastic Code Shayne Clarke 227

Bhik&sbdot;u&nsbdot;i Ordination: Lineages and Procedures as Instruments of Power Jan-Ulrich Sobisch 239

Human Rights and the Status of Women in Buddhism His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama 253

Gender Equity and Human Rights Karma Lekshe Tsomo 281

Appendix 291

Glossary 305

Bibliography 309

About the Contributors 325

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