The Buddhist monastic codes (Vinayas) include a provision for a training period of two years for candidates for bhikkhuni ordination. This is one of the few aspects of bhikkhuni ordination that has no parallel in the ordination for monks. The sikkhamana training period is controversial, and is often not followed in modern practice. Santipada undertook a research project to bring together, translate, and analyze the major passages from all Vinayas that deal with the sikkhamana. While incomplete, this project still comprises the largest resource available on this topic.
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