have heard that there are no more Buddhist nuns. Is this true?
- The Buddha founded
the order of nuns in his lifetime and for five or six hundred years nuns
played an important role in the spread and development of Buddhism. But
for reasons that are not clear nuns never commanded the same esteem and
consequently got the same support, as monks and in India and South-east
Asia the order died out. However in Taiwan, Korea and Japan the order of
nuns has continued to flourish. Today in Sri Lanka and Thailand steps are
being taken to reintroduce the order of nuns from Taiwan although some traditionalists
are not very enthusiastic about this. However, in keeping with the Buddha's
original intentions, it is only right that women as well as men have the
opportunity to live the monastic life and benefit from it.