A Simple Explanation On The Life And Practice Of Buddhist Nuns
Buddhism is a widely practiced and respected religion. For many years it has been the spiritual backbone of many people in the world. However, Buddhism is not widely understood by the general population; there are many misconceptions that have formed over time. One of these misconceptions is that Buddhist nuns are weak and uneducated. This article will explain the life and practice of Buddhist nuns, as well as dispelling some common myths.
Buddhist nuns are also referred to as Bhikkhuni, which means “renunciate.” They have taken monastic vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. A bhikkhuni has a very different lifestyle from a layperson or even a monk. While monks can own property (albeit very little), bhikkhunis must be entirely dependent on others for their livelihood; they do not even own their robes! Buddhist nuns spend most of their time meditating in silence or doing other forms of spiritual practice such as study and chanting.
Budddhist nun’s life is a difficult one without any family or friends to support them financially or otherwise. Bhikkhunis rely solely on the generosity of others for food, clothing, shelter
When I talk to people about Buddhist nuns, I find that most know absolutely nothing about them. Even many who consider themselves well versed in Buddhism have never given a thought to the women practitioners. So, here is a simple explanation on the life and practice of Buddhist nuns:
There are two main traditional branches of Buddhism: Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada is dominant in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and most of Southeast Asia. Mahayana is dominant in China, Tibet and Japan. There are also some newer schools of Buddhism that have grown out of the various traditional schools over the past 200 years or so. For example, there is Zen which has grown out of Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in Japan. The majority of Buddhist nuns are Theravadin and Mahayanin, but there are also some nuns who follow other schools such as Zen.
Generally speaking, there are more nuns than monks at any given time. The nuns tend to be older than the monks because they live longer (the average life expectancy for women is higher than that for men). However, since women have only had full ordination since the early 1990s, today’s nuns are mainly middle-aged or older – there aren’t too many young ones yet!
I’m going to be teaching a class next month on the life and practice of Buddhist nuns. I want to write a blog entry about it, but I’ve been having a very hard time getting my thoughts in order. This is something that happens to me often, so I thought I’d talk about it here and see if anyone can help me out.
The problem is that every time I have tried to write this post (and I’ve tried many times), the content just goes all over the place. At first it’s only a little bit out of control, but slowly my whole train of thought goes off the rails and soon it’s just a wild mess.
I think this happens because the topic is too big for any one blog post to handle. There’s simply too much content to cover in such a short space. So what happens is that every time I start writing, my thoughts go crazy and jump around from one thing to another; they’re just trying to cover everything at once so as not to miss anything important. And then everything falls apart in a very short amount of time, which makes me frustrated and discouraged about ever being able to write about this topic at all!
So what should do? Should I try breaking up my posts
The life of a Buddhist nun is not an easy one. In fact, it is more difficult than the life of a monk. The reason for this is that nuns do not have the full support of other people such as their parents and friends. They are often seen as being useless and worthless by their families, who will not help them or give them any kind of financial support. As a result, many Buddhist nuns live in poverty.
The practice of Buddhism is also very hard for a nun because she has to spend all her time meditating on her own without any distractions from other people. This means that she must stay at home most of the day and night, which makes it more difficult to get out into society and meet new people who could help her in her practice of Buddhism. A lot of people think that being a nun means that you sit around all day doing nothing but meditating; this is completely untrue! Nuns do participate in many activities such as teaching children how to read and write, helping other nuns with their chores and household duties, taking care of animals such as cows or horses (if allowed). These tasks may seem boring but they actually give you lots of opportunities to meet new people who could become friends later on down the road!
In many Buddhist traditions, women are unable to attain the highest levels of ordination and cannot become full-fledged nuns (bhikkhunis). However, there is a level of ordination for women known as novice nun (samaneri) who can practice the full range of Buddhism, but cannot be fully ordained. A samaneri has the full monastic status and is expected to follow the same rules of conduct as a fully ordained monk.
The samaneri practice is usually undertaken at a young age. The decision to become a samaneri should not be taken lightly, since this is a life-long commitment which requires dedication and determination to maintain. To become a samaneri, one must first have received the Five Precepts from a qualified teacher (which may require additional training on its own), and then receive the Ten Precepts from the same teacher or another qualified teacher.
Becoming a samaneri does not require parents permission (only if you are under 20 years old), but it is highly recommended that one receive their blessing before taking any vows. This can prevent unnecessary problems later on in your practice.
Today is the twenty-third of March. It’s a good day for the procession of the nuns, and for the opening of the nunnery. This is the day when all faithful women, having listened to my teaching, should enter into their holy life.
After that time, if any woman wishes to be ordained as a nun but does not have enough faith or does not have adequate training in morality and vows, it is better that she be ordained as a nun and then give up her vows later than to not be ordained at all.
I willingly accept you all as nuns who take refuge in me. I will teach you how to live your life in the way that brings happiness and peace. These things are true, they are not lies. There is no truth besides these things, there is nothing that can bring happiness and peace besides these things. I teach you how to live your life according to this truth.
May you all be happy! May you all attain peace! May you all attain enlightenment!