By Wei-yi Cheng
Taking a comparative method, this fieldwork-based examine explores the lives and concepts of Buddhist nuns in present-day Taiwan and Sri Lanka. the writer examines the postcolonial historical past and its impression at the glossy state of affairs, in addition to surveying the most old, monetary, and social elements which impression the placement of nuns in society. in keeping with unique learn, together with interviews with nuns in either international locations, the e-book examines their views on debatable concerns and specifically these about the prestige of girls in Buddhism. matters mentioned comprise allegedly misogynist teachings with regards to women’s inferior karma, that they can't turn into Buddhas, and that nuns need to stick with extra rules that clergymen don't. Bridging the space among feminist concept and the truth of girls in faith, the publication makes a unique contribution to the research of ladies in Buddhism by means of concentrating on nuns from either one of the most wings of Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana) in addition to furthering feminist reports of Buddhism and faith often.
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There are three main zhaijiao sects in Taiwan: the Longhua sect, the Jinchuang sect and the Xiantian sect. Their doctrines and practices may vary, but they all trace their origin to a Patriarch Luo, a popular religious sect leader active in Northern China during the early sixteenth century,20 and their core beliefs all circle around the idea of the Unborn Venerable Mother (Wusheng Laomu) (Jones 1999: 14–29, 88–92). According to zhaijiao cosmology, all creatures in the universe are her children, and in order to relieve her children from suffering, she has sent numerous sages and Buddhas to the Earth (Zheng 1998: 41–43).
That’s why on the invitation I became a bhikkhunC. . Before I used to think I am not going to become a [ten-precept nun]. But when bhikkhunC ordination comes, I want to become a bhikkhunC. . Because [the ten-precept nuns] had no discipline, no Vinaya rules, no recognitions. They have no place to stay; their temples are not recognized by the government like the monks’ temples. They are small private houses. Her family was supportive of her decision to enter the order and seemed to be keeping a fond relationship with her: I didn’t need their permission.
Believing that a separate school for Buddhist nuns would make it easier for nuns to pursue education, Mathale Dharmadhaira Sil Mata and several other Buddhist nuns founded Sri Sanghamitta Education Center in 1983. This was to be a nunnery school that aims at providing educational opportunity for Buddhist nuns. The goal of Sri Sanghamitta Education Center, according to Mathale Dharmadhaira Sil Mata, is to provide comprehensive training in both Buddhist and secular sectors for Buddhist nuns. It intends its graduates to be not only erudite Buddhist preachers but also capable of running religious institutions by themselves.