A History of the Bhikkhuni Sangha
A Presentation by Mindy Zlotnick
April 7, 7:30PM, Neighbors Hall
A PowerPoint presentation, entitled “I Will Not Pass Away…Reinstating the Buddha’s Vision of the Four-Fold Sangha,” offered by Mindy, encompasses 2600 years of history surrounding bhikkhunis (fully ordained Buddhist nuns) from the time of the Buddha until present day. Because of political and cultural decisions, a strong female monastic presence disappeared for almost 1000 years. The revival of the bhikkhuni sangha began about 30 years ago and has spread throughout the world.
The presentation runs 60-75 minutes and is colorful and informative overview of the history of the Buddha’s vision of the four-fold sangha, and how women were an integral part of this vision. Mindy uses the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery nuns as an example of a group of pioneering women who are helping to revive the lineage.
“As deeply as I revere the Buddhist monastic tradition, sensing the patriarchy and the absence of women kept my heart a little distanced. Seeing Mindy’s presentation helped me face and understand the history of this important feminist issue, and find inspiration in knowing that we are going through an important time of re-instating the Buddha’s vision of the Four-Fold Sangha. This fills my heart with gladness and support for women who long to ordain. We know in our hearts that it will be to our great benefit.”
J.M., Madison Insight Meditation Group, Madison, WI