Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

This book has taken shape over many years and through the kindness and generosity of many, not all of whom are mentioned here. One person in particular, however, deserves special mention. To Professor Gregory Schopen I owe a profound debt of gratitude, both scholarly and personal (for among numerous other things, his gallant, albeit ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

Conventions

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Chapter One The Rhinoceros in the Room: Monks and Nuns and Their Families

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pp. 1-36

This series of four rules introduces monastic legislation to accommodate any pregnant nuns who give birth to baby boys within Indian Buddhist nunneries. Translated here from the Mahīśāsakavinaya, an Indian Buddhist monastic law code (vinaya) preserved in a fifth-century C.E. Chinese translation, the narrative recounts how...

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Chapter Two Family Matters

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pp. 37-77

The present chapter establishes a foundation for our inquiry into the place of family in the narrative landscape of Indian Buddhist monastic law codes. In Section 1, I survey the corpus of Indian Buddhist inscriptions. The epigraphical record is our earliest datable evidence...

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Chapter Three Former Wives from Former Lives

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pp. 78-119

In the preceding chapter, I suggested that for the authors/redactors of Indian Buddhist monastic law codes, embarking on the religious life did not require the severance of all familial ties. Indeed, numerous monastic narratives are predicated on the assumption that monks and nuns would have continued interaction with their families. Moreover,...

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Chapter Four Nuns Who Become Pregnant

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pp. 120-149

We begin our discussion of monastic motherhood, in Section 1, by looking at what the authors/redactors of the extant monastic law codes have to say about the ordination of pregnant women. Taking our cue from work on modern legal theory, we will examine the nature of these rules, and this will allow us to identify...

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Chapter Five Reconsidering Renunciation: Family-Friendly Monasticisms

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pp. 150-170

The picture that emerges from this study stands in stark contrast to much we have been told about the familial and marital relationships of Buddhist monks and nuns in India. Buddhist monks and nuns, we are told, went forth from home into homelessness. Scholars have generally understood this literally. World renunciation has been...

Notes

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pp. 171-228

Works Consulted

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pp. 229-262

Index of Texts

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pp. 263-266

Index of Authors/Subjects

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pp. 267-276

About the Author, Production Notes, Back Cover

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pp. 277-281