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12 Apr 16, 15:33
The Four Assemblies and Theravada Buddhism

By Prof. Bhikkhu Analayo


In this paper I examine two significant developments in the Theravada tradition from the viewpoint of the Pali canonical teaching that the four assemblies- bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, male lay disciples, and female lay disciples- are the necessary foundation for the Buddha's teaching to thrive. These two developments are the revival of lay meditation and the revival of Bhikkhuni ordination.

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