Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 25, No 2 (2008)

Becoming a nun in the Dharmaguptaka tradition

Dr Ann Heirman
Issued Date: 29 Dec 2008


The present article discusses the two stages that, according to the vinaya texts, precede a full ordination of a woman candidate within the samgha: the stages of novice and of probationer. In the context of the present-day discussions on the position of nuns within the samgha, and on the (re)introduction of a nuns' ordination in lineages where today this is not fully accepted, the article focuses on the formal issues that in the Dharmaguptaka vinaya tradition precede the nuns' ordination and thus prepare the basis on which the full ordination was traditionally built.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.v25i2.174


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