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Women Under Primitive Buddhism: Laywomen and Almswomen

I.B. Horner (Author)
Synopsis The book is an attempt to present the position of the laywomen and the almswomen in historical focus. Here, for the first time, we read of women of sincere aspirations and earnest will, seeking the more, the better, in life. For the study of the laywomen the author has exploited the material found in the Canonical literature, the Commentaries thereon, the Jatakas and the Milindapanha, while most of the material for the account of the almswomen is gathered from the Vinayapitaka (especially the Bhikkhuni Khandhaka and the Bhikkhuni-Vibhanga), the Therigatha and the Commentaries. References scattered throughout Pali literature have also contributed to this account. The book is divided into two parts bound in one Vol. Part I (Chs. 1-5) depicts the lay-women as the mother, daughter, wife, widow and worker. Part II (Chs. 1-5) deals with the almswoman, her admission into the order, the eight chief rules, Therigatha, life in the order, while chs. 4 and 5 of this part are further divided into parts or sections. The study reveals the spiritual experiences of some of the lay-and almswomen. It throws light on the various social conditions prevailing during the life-time of Buddha and shortly after.
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Bibliographic information

Title Women Under Primitive Buddhism: Laywomen and Almswomen
Author I.B. Horner
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8120806646
length xxiv+391p., Plates; Illustrations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.