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The Buddhist community includes monastics and lay people. Both are necessary for the preservation of Buddhism. However, monastics choose a life of vowed simplicity, a life directly related to the preservation and dissemination of the Dharma to benefit others. They are the core of that lifestyle that all Buddhist practitioners are committed to. In the articles here, Venerable Chodron shares with us the joys and difficulties of being a nun and the special challenges of being a Western Buddhist nun. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama notes, all Buddhist nuns have a unique role to play in the evolution of Buddhism where the universal principle of the equality of all human beings takes precedence. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be a monastic, you'll find these articles intriguing and stimulating.


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Bhikshuni Ordination

by Venerable Thubten Chodron©
Sravasti Abbey, Washington, USA
19 Feb 2006


Venerable Chodron talks about the history of the Bhikshuni ordination from the time of the Buddha to the present. She talks about the progress and current work toward establishing a Tibetan Bhikshuni ordination and lineage.

Audio (72 min): Download mp3 file

 

Related article:
A New Possibility: Introducing Full Ordination for Women into the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

 

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