Buddhist Nuns in Taiwan and Sri Lanka
by Wei-Yi Cheng (9780415390422)

Buddhist Nuns in Taiwan and Sri Lanka
 
Wei-Yi Cheng
Release Date: 18 October 2006
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
Category: Other Non-christian Religions
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415390422
ISBN-10: 0415390427



This book is a comparative study of Buddhist nuns in contemporary Taiwan and Sri Lanka. The author explores the postcolonial background and its influence on the contemporary situation, as well as surveying the main historical, economic, social and other factors bearing upon the position of nuns in society. Based on original research, in which nuns were questioned about their perspective, various controversial issues concerning the status of women in Buddhism are exposed. These include allegedly misogynist teachings relating to women's inferior karma, that they cannot become Buddhas, and that nuns have to follow additional rules which monks do not. This book makes an important contribution to the study of women in Buddhism by focusing both on nuns from both of the main wings of Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana) and from different Asian countries.

AUD $300.00

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