His Holiness the Dalai Lama: on full ordination for nuns


Speaking at Dolmaling nunnery, the site of the Great Winter Debate this year, His Holiness said that a decision regarding bhikshuni ordination has not been reached yet, and that this is not a decision that he alone could make.

An article on the phayul.com website states, “His Holiness stressed on the importance of observing Vinaya tradition. “The Mulasarvastivadin texts suggest that senior bhikshunis need to preside over a bhikshuni ordination and suggest that it is not proper for bhikshus alone to preside over such a ceremony. Therefore, if bhikshus alone were to conduct such a ceremony it is not clear that it would be flawless. This is the impasse which is yet to be answered.”

His Holiness also emphasized the importance of religious studies saying that nuns should study well so that they can teach other nuns in the future.

The full article is available here.

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