Tag Archives: Tibetan

Bhikkhuni Vinaya Studies

Although his­tor­i­cally mar­gin­al­ized, Buddhist nuns are tak­ing their place in mod­ern Buddhism. Like the monks, Buddhist nuns live by an an­cient sys­tem of monas­tic law, the Vinaya. This work in­ves­ti­gates var­i­ous ar­eas of un­cer­tainty and con­tro­versy in how the Vinaya is to be un­der­stood and ap­plied to­day.

It’s Time

It’s time. We need a new par­a­digm. For 2500 years Buddhism has been con­stantly chang­ing, adapt­ing, evolv­ing; yet the myths of the schools in­sist that the Dhamma re­mains the same.

Dark Matter

While dis­cus­sion on women’s role in the Sangha pro­ceeds, those who most need to take part in the dis­cus­sion – the monks – are con­spic­u­ously ab­sent. The is­sue is not so much a di­a­logue as a call to the dark­ness, for a sym­pa­thetic hear­ing that is just not there.

Now is the Time

Paper pre­sented at the dis­cus­sion panel with HH Dalai Lama on the fi­nal day of the First International Congress on Buddhist Women’s Role in the Sangha.

Bhikkhunis in Theravāda

In prepa­ra­tion for the 2007 Congress on Buddhist Women’s Role in the Sangha, the Committee of Western Bhikkhunis asked for a his­tor­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tion from a Theravāda point of view. I pre­pared the fol­low­ing to show that, while bhikkhu­nis are ab­sent from the main­stream Theravādin in­sti­tu­tions, they are very much present in the texts and his­tory.

What the Buddha Really Taught

Through care­ful at­ten­tion to the ear­li­est Buddhist teach­ings, pre­served in scrip­tures in Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit, we can not only come closer to the Buddha’s orig­i­nal mes­sage, but can dis­cern the teach­ings shared among all Buddhist tra­di­tions.