Buddhist Nuns in Taiwan and Sri Lanka (RoutledgeCurzon by Wei-yi Cheng

By Wei-yi Cheng

Taking a comparative technique, this fieldwork-based learn explores the lives and recommendations of Buddhist nuns in present-day Taiwan and Sri Lanka. the writer examines the postcolonial history and its impression at the glossy state of affairs, in addition to surveying the most ancient, financial, and social components which effect the location of nuns in society. according to unique examine, together with interviews with nuns in either nations, the e-book examines their views on arguable matters and specifically these in regards to the prestige of girls in Buddhism. issues mentioned contain allegedly misogynist teachings with regards to women’s inferior karma, that they can't turn into Buddhas, and that nuns need to keep on with extra rules that clergymen don't. Bridging the space among feminist idea and the truth of ladies in faith, the e-book makes a different contribution to the learn of ladies in Buddhism via concentrating on nuns from either one of the most wings of Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana) in addition to furthering feminist experiences of Buddhism and faith ordinarily.

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Before I used to think I am not going to become a [ten-precept nun]. But when bhikkhunC ordination comes, I want to become a bhikkhunC. . Because [the ten-precept nuns] had no discipline, no Vinaya rules, no recognitions. They have no place to stay; their temples are not recognized by the government like the monks’ temples. They are small private houses. Her family was supportive of her decision to enter the order and seemed to be keeping a fond relationship with her: I didn’t need their permission.

I knew the Vinaya; I knew the discipline, because I had been studying. I was in Korea for three months; I was studying their bhikkhunC ordination. . Then, I was asked to come to teach the nuns who would be given ordination. . But when I came to teach the nuns, the nuns weren’t educated enough. 23 BNIC02 23 6/9/06, 9:57 AM BUDDHIST NUNS IN TAIWAN AND SRI LANKA So the organization said that the nuns are not good enough for the international ordination because it’s a historical instance. Then the chief monks insisted that I should join and become the chief bhikkhunC.

The goal of Sri Sanghamitta Education Center, according to Mathale Dharmadhaira Sil Mata, is to provide comprehensive training in both Buddhist and secular sectors for Buddhist nuns. It intends its graduates to be not only erudite Buddhist preachers but also capable of running religious institutions by themselves. Thus, training at Sri Sanghamitta Education Center includes the instruction and 26 BNIC02 26 6/9/06, 9:57 AM BUDDHIST WOMEN IN SRI LANKA AND TAIWAN participation in rituals such as chanting and praying, and other practical skills that are usually taught at temples rather than Buddhist monastic schools.

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