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Why the Buddha didn't originally allow ordination of women

Interesting, this is the first question answered in this month's Buddhism.SE Book-of-the-Month Women in Buddhism - Questions & Answers. It was the right time for Maha Pajapati (the Buddha's ...
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Why do Bhikkhunis have so many extra Vinaya rules?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu, in Access to Insight, says, Thus the Bhikkhunī Pāṭimokkha contains 85 rules for which there are no direct correspondences in the rules for the bhikkhus. Some writers have ...
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Nuns and ordination

I wasn't aware of any Burmese traditions allowing for female ordination; in Burma it has always been seen as a terrible heresy, afaik, with one bhikkhuni actually being thrown in jail. The gist of the ...
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Why the Buddha didn't originally allow ordination of women

As far as I can tell, the Buddha didn't really offer clear reasons for his reluctance to ordain women, yet being the Buddha, he must have given it a lot of consideration. He didn't think women were ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

I once listened to the same question being answered by a monk. And here are the answers. (Not the exact words but the long story short.) Lord Buddha never said that Males are better than Females. But ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

there's an alternative point of view suggesting that if the Mahapajapati's story is indeed authentic, it postdates the first acceptance of a woman into the Sangha, who could be Bhadda Kundalakesa, and ...
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Did nuns participate in the councils?

The Ariyas are "breast born" sons and daughters of the Buddha and they sometimes address each other as elder brother or sister as a mark of respect, according to their accomplishments. Given that it ...
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Why do Bhikkhunis have so many extra Vinaya rules?

In the booklet "Women in Buddhism - Questions and Answers" by Chatsumarn Kabilsingh Ph.D., this question is answered in some detail with a comparison of the monks and nuns Pāṭimokkhas. This quote ...
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The first rule of 8 Garudhammas

There's interesting information provided in this website, which provides some (presumably) anecdotal justification for the rule. The first story from the Sarvāstivāda Vinaya Suttavibhaṅga is as ...
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Why the Buddha didn't originally allow ordination of women

I don't know what its reason is for saying this, but this footnote says, It seems that the Buddha did not absolutely refuse Maha-Pajapati Gotami, but perhaps wished to test her determination. It ...
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How do monks live with medical conditions that require regular meals?

I was researching sanghas in san diego and came upon one that had rules for entering their monastic sangha community that voided the application of anyone who has health issues. Like if youre so ...
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In which context did the Buddha say this, about ordaining women?

Some people e.g. here (which is a footnote to this) suggest that passage might be a later addition: In the Vinaya (monk's discipline) the Buddha is represented as saying this, but such a ...
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In today's perspective is it possible to practice mindful meditation except bhikkhus?

Thirty years ago when I was at your age I practiced Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is a mantra meditation. In it you are given a ‘bija’ – a seed mantra - a kind of Kasina that ...
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In today's perspective is it possible to practice mindful meditation except bhikkhus?

I don't think it is all that different than in past times. The distractions and duties might have been different, but there were surely many obstacles on the way. The texts always mention ...
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The first rule of 8 Garudhammas

How important this rule is, is best shown by the first Bhikkhuni herself, as she asked the Buddha to repeal the rule, because it's hard, and thereby was not only rejected but also rebuked for her ...
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The first rule of 8 Garudhammas

In this other question (which was closed as a duplicate of this one), the OP wrote, One day during a Dhamma deshana I heard a thero chanting that these rules were added later into Buddhism, by ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

If you look at the actual story in question, Mahapajapati wasn't asking the Buddha to ordain women in general, but was only asking about herself, and the Buddha was reluctant. I should note that some ...
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Why the Buddha didn't originally allow ordination of women

Some people "blame" Ven.Ananda for initiating the Bhikkhuni Sasana. However, if the Buddha did not want to establish the Bhikkhuni Sasana, no matter how much anyone pleaded he would have said no. Yet ...
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Did nuns participate in the councils?

The History of the Bhikkhuni Sangha by Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh (as well as another like it by Dhammananda bhikkhuni) says that their presence at the first council wasn't recorded (what was recorded ...
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Nuns and ordination

The issue is that the Theravada vinaya instructs that Bhikkhunis (Fully ordained Nuns) must be ordained by other Nuns and then the ordination is ratified by an act of a group of Monks. When the ...
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