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Nuns and Convents in Old Chinese Buddhism [26]

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The florescence of Buddhism in the 5th century and the establishment of large monastic centres are everywhere accompanied by official measures intended to limit the number of monasteries and ordinations, to select those aspiring to monkhood, and to create bodies tasked with controlling and monitoring the clergy. Eminent nuns move from one convent to another, sometimes at great distances. One of the most remarkable traits of nuns is their ability to read and write. The introduction of the bhikṣuṇī-saṅgha in China was undoubtedly an important innovation. It led to the formation of a female elite and an institution of an entirely novel kind: it was an organization in which women who had talent had the opportunity to acquire renown and authority outside their family, and to get access to the larger world despite their rather modest backgrounds.

Keywords: bhikṣuṇī-saṅgha; Buddhism; China; convent; large monastic centres; nuns



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