Buddhism & Women

  • Initially, only men were allowed into the sangha, but later women also came to be admitted. (In Buddha’s lifetime only).
  • This was made possible through the mediation of Ananda (Buddha’s dearest disciple).
  • Buddha’s foster mother, Mahapajapati Gautami was the first woman to be ordained as a bhikkhuni.
  • Therigatha is a collection of verses composed by bhikkhunis (part of Sutta Pitaka). It provides an insight into women’s social and spiritual experiences.
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