The Buddha established the Bhikkhuni Order (fully-ordained nuns) approximately six years after his enlightenment. Although full ordination for women in the Theravada tradition has not been available for almost 1,000 years, since 1996, a worldwide revival of Bhikkhuni Ordination is underway. Today there are numerous Theravada bhikkhuni training monasteries and hermitages developing around the world, each with its own emphasis and flavor. Watch a video about the history of bhikkhunis from the time of the Buddha until the present day.
Mahapajapati Gotami, the Buddha’s adopted mother
and founding leader of the Bhikkhuni Order
(image © Upasika Sakula)
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