of the books of the Pali Tipitaka
meaning " The Verses of the Nuns" and the earliest
corpus of poetry by a woman from ancient India. The Therigatha
consists of 250 poems made up of 552 verses altogether.
All of them are written by nuns
who were the Buddha's direct disciples
and tell of their experiences in lay life, the reasons
why they renounced the world, the joys of meditation and
of their faith in the Buddha.
Norman, (trans.) The Verses of the Elders - Therigatha.
S.E. Jootla, Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns.