Table of Contents
- Articles (9)
- Audio/Video (1)
- Booklets (2)
- Canonical Works (7)
- Essays (2)
- Reference Shelf (1)
- Subtopics (1)
Ananda, Upali and Devadatta act out a theoretical quarrel about Buddhist attitudes to law
When reviewed like this, the whole story appears a piece of improbable fiction, possibly a very distorted account of something which actually did take place. It is strange that a story like this, which does no credit to the Buddha, but quite the opposite, was permitted to remain in the Vinaya.
The Legend of the Establishment of the Buddhist Order of Nuns in the Theravada Vinaya-Pitaka (2000) – Ute Hüsken
At the beginning of the first section of the tenth chapter of the Cullavagga, the events immediately preceding the establishment of the Buddhist Order of nuns are described. In general terms these are as follows:
The tale is best understood in the light of the need of the early Buddhist tradition to demarcate its position in the ancient Indian context vis-à-vis ascetic practices and ideology.
On Reading Buddhist Vinaya: Feminist History, Hermeneutics, and Translating Women’s Bodies (2020) – Amy Langenberg
The argument that a nun called Sthūlanandā really did have pendulous breasts and large buttocks is, pardon the pun, a thin one. As stock images of uncouth femininity, these outsized and ungainly physical features serve the representational project of this passage
Canonical Works (7)
The monastic rules for Theravada Bhikkhunis, prepared in a bilingual English-Pali edition for study and recitation.
Analysis of the Bhikkhu-Pātimokkha: A translation of the Mahā-Vibhaṅga from the Vinaya-Piṭaka (2014) – Bhante Suddhāso🥇 Best Of The Library
The canonical explication of the monastic rules.
Buddhist texts are, by and large, nice. There’s no draconian punishments, no irrational fervor, no ‘smiting with swords’. A serene air of reason, balance, and sanity pervades.
This niceness is a huge problem.
Reference Shelf (1)
A dictionary of the Pāli vocabulary found in the Vinaya Piṭaka.