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Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History

Alice Collett


Alice Collett’s book is the most comprehensive study of women in Pāli Buddhism since the publication of I. B. Horner’s seminal Women under Primitive Buddhism in 1930. Collett’s focus is different to Horner’s, in that she uses biographies as a foundation for discussion and exploration of the lives of Buddhist women. An innovation in Collett’s work is that she attempts to discuss differences between Pāli canonical and commentarial literature. Both prior to and following the publication of Horner’s work, it has been standard practice to use the commentaries to augment understanding of the canon, ... More

Keywords: women, early Indian Buddhism, Pāli texts, biographies, Buddhist nuns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199459070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199459070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Collett, author
Teacher in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, York St John University, UK.