Bhikshuni, aka: Bhikṣuṇī; 3 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Bhikṣuṇī can be transliterated into English as Bhiksuni or Bhikshuni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
General definition (in Buddhism)
Bhikṣuṇī (भिक्षुणी) is a Sanskrit word referring to a Buddhist female nun. The male monk is called a bhikkhu.Source: Wisdom Library: Buddhism
Languages of India and abroad
Bhikṣuṇī (भिक्षुणी).—(= Pali bhikkhunī), nun: common every-where, e.g. Mvy 8447—8; 8718; LV 89.7; 161.9; Mv iii.49.10 ff.; Divy 160.7; 202.14; 552.8 ff.; Av ii.11.2 ff.; Bhīk 3a.1 etc.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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Search found 9 books and stories containing Bhikshuni or Bhikṣuṇī. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 3 - Morality of the śikṣamāṇā < [Section II.2 - Morality of the monastic or pravrajita]
Part 4 - Morality of the bhikṣuṇī < [Section II.2 - Morality of the monastic or pravrajita]
The Utpalavarnā-jātaka < [Section II.2 - Morality of the monastic or pravrajita]
The travels of Fa-Hian (400 A.D.) (by Samuel Beal)
Chapter XLI - On Bodhisattva Kasyapa (b) < [Section Nine]
Chapter XLIV - On Bodhisattva Kasyapa (e) < [Section Ten]
Chapter IX - On Wrong and Right < [Section One]
A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms (by Fa-Hien)
The gods of northern Buddhism (by Alice Getty)