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Title: Sakyadhita: The International Association of Buddhist Women
Description/subject: "Sakyadhita, the name of the International Association of Buddhist Women, means "Daughters of the Buddha." The objectives of Sakyadhita, as expressed at its founding meeting in 1987 in Bodhgaya, India, are: 1.To promote world peace through the practice of the Buddha's teachings 2.To create a network of communications for Buddhist women throughout the world 3.To promote harmony and understanding among the various Buddhist traditions 4.To encourage and help educate women as teachers of Buddhadharma 5.To provide improved facilities for women to study and practice the teachings 6.To help establish the Bhikshuni Sangha (community of fully-ordained nuns) where it does not currently exist..."
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Individual Documents

Title: Burmese Sisterhood: Unacknowledged Piety
Date of publication: September 2000
Description/subject: Buddhist nuns have long played an important role in the country's spiritual life, despite centuries of discrimination.
Author/creator: Thameechit
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 9
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Buddhist Women in Burma: The Rocky Path Towards Liberation
Date of publication: January 1998
Description/subject: "...While monks and lay-people are still asleep, Daw Yewadi, a Buddhist nun, is already busy with preparing breakfast for the guest monks who came here to pay respect to Ven. U Vinaya, better known as Thamanya Sayadaw, a highly revered 85 years old monk living at Thamanya Hill..."
Author/creator: Martin H. Petrich, Executive Secretary of the INEB
Language: English
Source/publisher: Dhamma Web
Format/size: pdf (26 K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.dhammaweb.net/dhammabook/view.php?id=260
Date of entry/update: 23 December 2010

Title: Buddhist Nuns in Burma
Date of publication: 1991
Description/subject: Historical outline of the situation of Buddhist nuns in Burma, and argument for the restoration of full ordination of women into the Order. "...The present nuns of Burma are not regarded as full female equivalents of the monks. They are not bhikkhunis. The name for the Buddhist nuns is sila-rhan (owner of good moral conduct), may- sila (Miss Virtue), or bhva-sila (granny virtue). However, "rhan" is also the normal term of address for male novices (Pali: samanera, Burmese: kui-ran). Even the word "rhan-pru" (make a "rhan") refers to the pabbajja (leaving the household life) of male novices..."__ "According to a legend in the Burmese historical chronicles, the Burmese race arose from the union of a Sakyan prince, a fugitive related to the Buddha, and the daughter of a local chieftain in the city of Tagaung in Upper Burma. This is fixed in the memories of the people with the proverb, "The beginning of the Burmese people is from Tagaung." Quite certainly Theravada Buddhism has been a nation-building element in Burma. The majority of the inhabitants of the modern nation, the Socialist People's Republic of the Myanmar, define themselves as Burmese Buddhists. This statement is not merely a religious definition, but has a full range of social and juridical implications....."
Author/creator: Dr. Friedgard Lottermoser
Language: English
Source/publisher: Sakyadhita Newsletter, Summer 1991, vol.2, no.2
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://dhammaramthinunnery.blogspot.com/2010/04/buddhist-nuns-in-burma-dr-friedgard.html
Date of entry/update: 22 December 2010