Bhikkhuni Sasana In Theravada Tradition – Sayadaw Dr. Nandamalabhivamsa (eng)

Bhikkhuni Sasana in Theravada Tradition

By Sayadaw Dr. Nandamalabhivamsa


The question on the validity of revival of Theravada Bhikkhuni has been asked by many Theravada Buddhists as well as Mahayana Buddhishts. Why is the revival of Theravada bhikkhuni order controversial in the world? Is it possible or not? When the first bhikkhuni  ordination ceremony was held in the year 1988 in India, the next question followed: Is it valid or not?

There are many viewpoints regarding this controversial topic. Many people are aware that Myanmar monks do not accep this revival of Theravada Bhikkhuni order at all. What are the main reasons for this? For this, this book is published to give some answers to these questions. A few years ago, Sayadaw Dr. Nandamalabhivamsa, the Rector of International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University who is a very knowledge senior monk and also well-known for this Dhamma talks that are packed with much valued information, gave a Dhamma talk regarding this topic. In his Dhamma talk, he gave a few reasons to clear out many uncertainties and doubts. 

Thus, the publication of this Dhamma talk in book form would enable many people to gain clear knowledge regarding this Theravada Bhikkhuni sasana in the Lord Buddha’s time, its background story, various types of bhikkhuni ordination including Garudhamma, the achievements of bhikkhunis and the duration of sasana. Finally, the question regarding revival of Theravada Bhikkhuni from the viewpoint of Myanmar monks is addressed and discussed widely in this book. 

The publication of this book is the birthday gift to our respectable Rector Sayadaw Dr. Nandamalabhivamsa on the occasion of his 75th birthday (Diamond anniversary, 4th May 2015). This project is approved by himself and is printed with his permission as a part of education program under his Institute of Dhamma Education (IDE), Pyin Oo Lwin Myanmar. 

May all rejoice in this Dhammadana! Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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