FROM RICHES TO RAGS: THE MAN TO WHOM BUDDHA GAVE HIS OLD ROBES: MAHAKASHYAPA’S LIBERATION-STORY BY 17th KARMAPA

"When Buddha sat on Mahākāśyapa's robe, he said, "This robe of yours is really soft, it is really nice." Mahākāśyapa immediately said, "As you said Buddha, this robe is soft, please accept this robe." The Buddha's outer robes were made out of rags that had been thrown out along the road and in the filth.… Continue reading FROM RICHES TO RAGS: THE MAN TO WHOM BUDDHA GAVE HIS OLD ROBES: MAHAKASHYAPA’S LIBERATION-STORY BY 17th KARMAPA

THE ‘FAT JOYFUL’ NUN, STHULANANDA: ‘BADDEST-BALDIE’ IN THE VINAYA OR ‘BAD-ASS’ PROTO-FEMINIST? Early Buddhist nun, Sthūlanandā’s ‘badness’ challenging male monastic privilege or a powerful symbol of the futile ‘trappings’ of following rules without real, inner transformation

“Sthūlanandā was not well turned out, did not practice good deportment, and had very dirty ripped robes [revealing] great breasts hanging down like gourds and large buttocks. She was arrogant, unseemly, frivolous, fractious, and garrulous in her speech. [The families] did not respect her and did not host her.”--- Mahāsāṅghika-Lokottaravādin Bhikṣuṇī-vinaya “We have to see… Continue reading THE ‘FAT JOYFUL’ NUN, STHULANANDA: ‘BADDEST-BALDIE’ IN THE VINAYA OR ‘BAD-ASS’ PROTO-FEMINIST? Early Buddhist nun, Sthūlanandā’s ‘badness’ challenging male monastic privilege or a powerful symbol of the futile ‘trappings’ of following rules without real, inner transformation