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Bhikshuni ordination

Bhikshuni ordination

This talk was given during the 2005-2006 Vajrasattva winter retreat at Sravasti Abbey.

  • History of bhikshuni ordination from the Buddha’s time to the present
  • The main vinaya lineages
  • The dispersion of bhikshuni lineages
  • Bhikshuni ordination and lineage in the Tibetan tradition

Bhikshuni ordination history (download)

See also: A new possibility: Introducing full ordination for women into the Tibetan Buddhist tradition

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.