Women under the Bo Tree Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka

ISBN-10: 0521071682
ISBN-13: 9780521071680
Edition: 2008
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Description: Tessa Bartholomeusz explores the relationship between female world-renunciation in Buddhist Sri Lanka and attitudes about women and the religious vocation. She gives a history of Buddhist female renouncers in Sri Lanka and recounts her own field  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Tessa Bartholomeusz explores the relationship between female world-renunciation in Buddhist Sri Lanka and attitudes about women and the religious vocation. She gives a history of Buddhist female renouncers in Sri Lanka and recounts her own field experiences of contemporary Buddhist women who have chosen to live celibate and cloistered lives. By presenting the point of view of the women themselves and describing their role and vocation in present-day Sri Lanka, the author puts a new perspective on the island's Buddhist culture.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on pronunciation
Dramatis personae
Introduction: The tradition of Buddhist female renunciation in Sri Lanka
The ancient order of nuns in Sri Lanka
Nineteenth century Ceylon: the emergence of the lay nun
Theosophists, educators and nuns
The Sanghamitta Sisterhood
The Institutionalisation of tradition
The lay nun in transitional Ceylon
The Dasa Sil Mata in contemporary Sri Lanka
Novitiates, western lay nuns, and cave dwellers
The Sri Lankan Bhikkhuni Sangha: trends and reflections
Epilogue: Women under the bo tree
Appendices
Notes
Bibliographies
Index

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