Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

Dignity & Discipline

Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns

“It is essential reading for those who want to understand how Buddhists are thinking through the question of bhikkhuni ordination. I recommend this volume with warm enthusiasm.”—Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Paperback
352 pages, 6 x 9 inches
$18.95
ISBN 9780861715886
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

When the Buddha established his community over twenty-five centuries ago, he did so upon a foundation of radical 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 & 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.

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