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From Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun, published in 1999. This book, no longer in print, gathered together some of the presentations given at the 1996 Life as a Buddhist Nun conference in Bodhgaya, India.


Bhikkhu, Thanissaro. The Buddhist Monastic Code. 1994. For free distribution, write to: The Abbot, Metta Forest Monastery, P.O. Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082, USA.

Chodron, Thubten, ed. Preparing for Ordination: Reflections for Westerners Considering Monastic Ordination in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. Seattle: Life as a Western Buddhist Nun, 1997. For free distribution, write to Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport Wa 99156, USA.

The Daily Requisites of Vinaya, English translator unknown. Taiwan: The Committee of Religious Affairs Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist Order, 1998.

Dhirasekera, Jotiya. Buddhist Monastic Discipline. Sri Lanka: Ministry of Higher Education Research Publication Series, 1982.

The Essentials of the Rules of Discipline for Sramanera and Sramanerikas. English translator unknown. Taiwan: The Committee of Religious Affairs Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist Order, 1998.

Gyatso, Tenzin. Advice from Buddha Shakyamuni Concerning a Monk’s Discipline. Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 1982.

Hanh, Thich Nhat. For a Future to Be Possible. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1993.

Hirakawa, Akira. Monastic Discipline for the Buddhist Nuns. Patna, Tokyo: Kashi Prasad Jayaswal Research Institution, 1982.

Horner, I. B. Book of the Discipline (Vinaya-Pitaka). Pts. 1-4 of Sacred Books of the Buddhists. London: Pali Text Society, 1983. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd, 1982.

Kabilsingh, Chatsumarn, trans. The Bhikkhuni Patimokkha of the Six Schools. Bangkok: Thammasat University Press, 1991.

Kabilsingh, Chatsumarn. A Comparative Study of Bhikkhuni Patimokkha. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Orientalia, 1984.

Mohoupt, Fran, ed. Sangha. Kathmandu, Nepal: International Mahayana Institute. ( P.O. Box 817).

The Profound Path of Peace, no. 12 (Feb. 1993). Write to: International Kagyu Sangha Association c/o Gampo Abbey, Pleasant Bay, N.S. BOE 2PO, Canada.

Rhys Davids, T. W. and Herman Oldenberg, trans. Vinaya Texts. Pts. 1-3. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, 1990.

Tegchok, Geshe. Monastic Rites. London: Wisdom Publications, 1985.

Theravada Bhikkhuni Vinaya. Vol. 3 of Vinaya Pitaka. Pali Text Society.

Tsedroen, Jampa. A Brief Survey of the Vinaya. Hamburg: Dharma Edition, 1992.

Tsering, Tashi and Philippa Russell. “An Account of the Buddhist Ordination of Women.” Cho-Yang 1.1 (1986): 21-30. Dharamsala: Council for Religious and Cultural Affairs.

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe. Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Monastic Ethics for Women. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996.

Upsak, C. S. Dictionary of Early Buddhist Monastic Terms. Varanasi: Bharati Prakashan, 1975.

Wijayaratna, Mohan. Buddhist Monastic Life According to the Texts of the Theravada Tradition. Trans. Claude Grangier and Steven Collins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Wu Yin. Teachings on the Dharmagupta Bhikshuni Pratimoksa. Given at Life as a Western Buddhist Nun. For audio tapes, write to Hsiang Kuang Temple, 49-1 Nei-pu, Chu-chi, Chia-I County 60406, Taiwan.

Women and Buddhism

Allione, Tsultrim. Women of Wisdom. Arkana, NY: Routledge, 1986.

Arat, Paula. Zen Nuns: Living Treasures of Japanese Buddhism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1993.

Bartholomeusz, Tessa. Women Under the Bo Tree, Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Batchelor, Martine. Walking on Lotus Flowers. San Francisco: Thorsons/HarperCollins, 1996.

Cabezon, Jose Ignacio, ed. Buddhism, Sexuality and Gender. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992.

Chang, Pao. Biographies of Buddhist Nuns. Trans. Li Jung-hsi. Osaka: Tohokai, Inc., 1981.

Chodron, Thubten. Spiritual Sisters. Singapore: Dana Promotion, 1995.

Dresser, Marianne. Buddhist Women on the Edge. Ithaca NY: North Atlantic Books

Falk, Nancy Auer. “The Case of the Vanishing Nuns: The Fruits of Ambivalence in Ancient Indian Buddhism.” In Unspoken Worlds: Women’s Religious Lives in Non-Western Cultures. Edited by Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross. Harper & Row Publishers, 1980.

Findlay, Ellison, ed. Women’s Buddhism, Buddhism’s Women. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Giac, Thich Man. “Establishment of the Bhiksuni Order in Vietnam.” Dharma Voice (Quarterly Bulletin of the College of Buddhist Studies) 3 (1988): 20-22. Los Angeles.

Gross, Rita. Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Havnevik, Hanna. Tibetan Buddhist Nuns: History, Cultural Norm, and Social Reality. Oslo: Norwegian University Press, 1989.

Horner, I. B. Women Under Primitive Buddhism. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publications, 1990.

Kabilsingh, Chatsumarn. Thai Women in Buddhism. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1991.

Khema, Ayya. I Give You My Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1998.

Klein, Anne. Meeting the Great Bliss Queen. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Mackenzie, Vicki. Cave in the Snow. Great Britain: Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998.

Murcott, Susan, trans. The First Buddhist Women: Translations and Commentary on the Therigatha. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1991.

Norman, K.R., trans. The Elders’ Verses II Therigatha. London: Luzac and Co. Ltd., 1966.

Paul, Diana Y. Women in Buddhism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Piyadassi, Thera. The Virgin’s Eye. Singapore: Samadhi Buddhist Society, 1980.

Rhys Davids, Caroline, trans. Psalms of the Sisters. London: Oxford University Press Warehouse, 1909.

Sakyadhita newletter. Past issues available from: Ven. Lekshe Tsomo, 400 Honbron Lane, #2615, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA.

Tsai, Kathryn. Lives of the Nuns: Biographies of Chinese Buddhist Nuns from the 4th to 6th Centuries. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, ed. Buddhism Through American Women’s Eyes. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 1995.

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, ed. Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, ed. Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 1988.

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, ed. Swimming Against the Stream: Innovative Buddhist Women. London: Curzon Press, 1999.

Willis, Janice D., ed. Feminine Ground, Essays on Women and Tibet. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 1989.

Women and Buddhism.Spring Wind – Buddhist Cultural Forum. Vol. 6, nos. 1-3 (1986). Toronto: Zen Lotus Society.

Yasodhara (formerly NIBWA) newsletter. Past issues available from: Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.

Women and Buddhism: Web resources

The Committee for Bhiksuni Ordination in the Tibetan Tradition. Web. 5 Feb. 2015.

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