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Bhikkhuni Samgha and Community

Sanjib Kumar Das (Editor)

On the basis of presentations at a seminar, the volume presents articles on the bhikkuni samgha in Buddhism: the bhikkuni samgha in the past in India and bhikkuni samgha of different communities. The thirty-one articles view the concept of bhikkuni in Buddhism and bhikkuni samgha as an organisation of Buddhist women for socio-spiritual service. They discuss the eight chief rules for the bhikkuni in Buddhism and precepts of social intercourse for a bhikkuni in the Pali Bhikkuni Pacittiya Rules. With notes and references to Buddhist texts as well as modern scholarly works on the subject, they look into the development of bhikkuni samgha and its expansion in North-west Himalayan regions of India, status and position of women at the time of the bhikkuni samgha and women’s spiritual capability.

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About the author

Sanjib Kumar Das

Born in a middle class family in West Bengal. Dr. Sanjib Kumar Das was educated at Chandpara Primary School (Amtala) and then in Gobardanga Khantura High School. Meanwhile, due to some family problems, he fled away from his home and worked as a waiter in several hostels and sweet shops for about two years in Kolkata. Later, he went to Darjeeling and took shelter in a Buddhist Monastery where he also worked as a helper of mason for about a year. Here, an auspicious co-incidence came upon in his life. On account of the kindness of the Thupten Sanga Choeling Monastery, he was admitted in its branch school where he studied upto standard VII. Sunsequently, he was sent to Varanasi in 1989 in order to get admission in the then CIHTS (present CUTS), Sarnath for higher studies. Getting admission. he obtained M.A., pursuing upon Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan Language and other prescribed subjects. In 1998, he was awarded with the Kashi Naresh Gold Medal for being the best student og 1998. After completing M.A., he started doing his Ph.D. which he completed in 2002. In 1999, he was invited as a Translator from Tibetan into English to Taiwan where he stayed for about five months. In 2002, he got a temporary job in the Translation Department in CIHTS. Sarnth and simultaneously a permanent in CIBS, Leh where he worked for about six years. In 2008, he got a new job in Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan where he is working now on the post of Associate Professor in the Department of Indo-Tibetan Studies and Guest Lecturer in the Department of Buddhist Studies, Calcutta University. Dr. Das translated, edited, restored, co,piled and composed serveral books which have been published by different universitied and institutions in India. Apart from translation, compilation, restoration and editing work, Dr. Das attended numbers of Local, National and International seminars, and presented papers which have also been published.

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Title Bhikkhuni Samgha and Community
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380852560
length xiii+310p., Illustrations; 24cm.