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Female Renunciants (nang chi) in Siam, According to Early Travellers' Accounts.
In the Hindu (2) renunciant traditions, ascetic practices (tapasya) are presented as requisite for perceiving one's true nature as Atman, or individual soul or Self, as well as for facilitating knowledge and realization of the Absolute.
Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant.
We may regret the seeming loss of the female renunciant herself, speaking in her own voice, an acting subject rather than acted-upon object, but critical approaches to male-authored texts can nonetheless provide ways of understanding ancient ideologies of gender and power as conceived in the nexus of Christian renunciation.
A renunciant is homeless, does not kindle the household (grhya) or ritual (srauta) fires, wanders about without a companion, dwells outside villages, and goes around naked or only covers one's private parts (Kane 1930-62: vol.
From the viewpoint of this suggestion that Mahapajapati and her followers should better live a renunciant life without wandering around, the simile of the household that is easily assailed and of the fields afflicted by a disease then may originally have illustrated the problems ordained women might encounter in ancient Indian society if they were to wander around freely, since rape and similar abuse appear to have been far from uncommon at that time.
According to Bodhi (23), "the plain fact is that these subordinate renunciant roles do not meet their aspirations or give them access to the complete training laid down by the Buddha.
The Vyavaharasutra is one of a group of texts in the Svetambara Jain agama, collectively known as the cheda sutras, which deal with disciplinary regulations within the renunciant community.
He explores the use of the Yajnavalkya-brahmanas in the development of early Purva Mimamsa, thereby shedding light on the householder (grhastha) renunciant (samnyasin) elements of dharma and the orthodox way of life.
Falk (164) notes that "the early community's efforts to stay at least somewhat in line with the conventional practice of the day" compromised "early Buddhism's rather remarkable tolerance for renunciant women.
Final discussion focuses on the tension between the "systematic expression" of moksa marg ideology, and the "unsystematic" but ubiquitous expression, "through actions and symbols" common to both lay and (to an extent) renunciant Jains, of the longing for wellbeing in all its ramifications.
Are they simply for the noble few, whose actions can be admired by others, but not emulated--like Theravadin vegetarians, renunciant monks, heroic Bodhisattvas?
the Basran traditionist and renunciant who was qadi for Isfahan from 269/883 to sometime in the early 280s/mid-890s, and Ruwaym (d.
Although it is a gross generalization that Indian monasticism was wholly other-worldly and in stark contrast with the Chinese pragmatic penchants, the Indian elements of asceticism, a renunciant ideal, and a fondness for legal technicalities did become easy targets for Chinese detractors of Indian monasticism and were used to bolster caricatured images of Buddhism.
6) Thus, Buddhist practice is influenced by renunciant desire to please the local people--or, as I have shown elsewhere, the donors to the Sangha (7)--by, on the one hand, practicing plant ahimsa themselves and, on the other, by allowing householder donors to freely use plants and plant products in their daily lives.
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