bhikshuni

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noun bhik·shuni \ ˈbik-ˌshə-nē \

Definition of bhikshuni

plural bhikshunis
:a woman belonging to a Hindu or Buddhist monastic order :a Hindu or Buddhist nun
  • Other precepts, such as the one requiring bhikshunis to receive instructions from a bhikshu twice a month (but not vice versa), clearly reflect gender inequalities in Indian society at that time.
  • —Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe TsomoBlossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun1999
  • The number of vows varies among different Buddhist lineages, and within each lineage, the bhikshus and bhikshunis have different numbers of vows.
  • —Thubten ChodronTaming The Mind2004

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Origin and Etymology of bhikshuni

borrowed from Sanskrit bhikṣuṇī, feminine derivative of bhikṣubhikshu


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