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Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant

Nirmala S. Salgado


This book centers on narratives about female renunciation in Buddhism as well as the construction of gender and renunciant identity in the study of Buddhist nuns. Focusing on research about Buddhist nuns from Sri Lanka and including conversations with Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist nuns from around the world, the book raises important theoretical questions about the applicability of modern liberal ideas of “empowerment,” “agency,” “autonomy,” “freedom,” and “resistance” in the translation of the lives of Buddhist nuns. It engages canonical Buddhist texts and contemporary religious practices a ... More

Keywords: Sri Lanka, Buddhism, nun, bhikkhunī, upasampadā, samsāra, dukkha, representation, translation, liberal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199760022
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nirmala S. Salgado, author
Augustana College