Table of Contents
- Articles (10)
- 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.5 pages
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:27 pages
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.45 pages
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 passage33 pages
Canonical Works (7)
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.