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Choosing Simplicity
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Wu Yin

“Choosing Simplicity” – A Commentary on the Bhikkhuni Pratimoksha, written by Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Wu Yin. She is very famous Author in the world. Choosing Simplicity discusses the precepts and lifestyle of fully ordained nuns within the Buddhist tradition. The ordination vows act as guidelines to promote harmony both within the individual and within the community by regulating and thereby simplifying one’s relationships to other sangha members and laypeople, as well as to the needs of daily life. Observing these precepts and practicing the Buddhadharma brings incredible benefit to oneself and others. Since the nuns’ precepts include those for monks and have additional rules for nuns, this book is useful for anyone interested in monastic life. As a record of women’s struggle not only to achieve a life of self-discipline, but also to create harmonious independent religious communities of women, Choosing Simplicity is a pioneering work

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Humanistic Buddhism
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Miao Guang

“Humanistic Buddhism” – Holding True to the Original Intents of Buddha, originally written by Most Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the Founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order and Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) in Taiwan. The book translated to English by Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Miao Guang, the International Director of Fo Guang Shan. The book consists of six chapters: Chapter One – provides an overview of the spread of Buddhism across the world over the past two thousand years and its subsequent influences on different countries. Chapter Two – elaborates on Buddha’s lifetime conducts such as his daily life and teachings to disciples, devotees, and society. Chapter Three- is a discussion on the core concepts of the Buddha Dharma. Chapter Four – expounds on the spread of Buddhism in China. Chapter Five – continues with the progress of Humanistic Buddhism. Chapter Six – concludes with an elaboration of the rise and fall of Buddhism.

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Challenges
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Master Cheng Yen

“Challenges” – The Life and Teachings of Venerable Master Cheng Yen, The Founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in Qingshui, a small town in Taichung County, Taiwan. In 1966, at the age of 29, Dharma Master Cheng Yen founded Tzu Chi. Over the years, the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. At the time, the east coast of Taiwan, where Dharma Master Cheng Yen first settled, was undeveloped and impoverished. Dharma Master Cheng Yen and her monastic disciples supported themselves by sewing baby shoes, making concrete sacks into smaller animal feed bags, knitting sweaters, and raising their own vegetables. In the spring of 1966, while Dharma Master Cheng Yen was visiting a patient at a small local clinic, she saw a pool of blood on the floor.

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Bhikkhunis and Buddhist World
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh)

“Bhikkhunis and Buddhist World” is written by Most Venerable Senior Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh), the Chief Abbes – Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama and The Medicine Buddha Vihara, Nakhonpathom, Thailand. Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda has published more than 100 books, for both contributing to the academic discourse as well as engaging the general public. The first decade of her ordained life, she focused much on educating the mass by bringing out books, brochures, tape cassettes, CDs, etc. so that Thai society is well informed about the rightful heritage of bhikkhunis from the Buddha’s time. She started giving temporary lower ordination to Thai women as a way to spread the teaching of the Buddha. These women once returned to lay life, they have turned out to be strong supporters of the temple. Women started to join the temple activities and also ordination. Ven. Dhammananda, has followed closely to the inspiration of the founder.

 

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Buddhist Normative Ethics
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Shih Chao Hwei

“Buddhist Normative Ethics” is written by Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Shih Chao Hwei, the Professor – Hsuan Chuang University and Fu Jen University, Head of the Department of Religious Studies in Hsuan Chuang University, President of Hong Shi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Hsuan Chuang University in Taiwan. On 4th May 2007, Shih received a medal of “Cultural Critique” from the 48th “Chinese Literature Award”. Up to June 2006, part of Shih’s published works of 25 books and more than 40 academic papers are This is What I Think, The Ethics of Buddhism, the Sorrowful Guanyin, the Seed Sower of Down-to-Earth Buddhism: Master Shun Yin, Courage to Challenge the Traditions, the Refinement of the Down-to-Earth Buddhism, Today Interpretation of Buddhist Disciplines, the Thought of Wei-Shih in the Early Days, Thousand-year Chants, the New Voice of the Century, the Normative Ethics of Buddhism and the Historical Traces of the Human Bodhisattva.

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Beauty of Buddhism
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh)

“Beauty of Buddhism” is written by Most Venerable Senior Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh), the Chief Abbes – Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama and The Medicine Buddha Vihara, Nakhonpathom, Thailand. Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda. While Most Venerable Senior Bhikkhuni Dhammananda has a somewhat global approach as evidenced by founding an international newsletter or hosting an international conference, she has repeatedly stated that most problems in Thailand must be solved by the Thai people without the “help” of outsiders, including Western Buddhists. The solutions she offers are generally down-to-earth, concrete, and practical with an occasional hint of idealism shared by other Buddhist modernists. She makes clear acknowledgments about both the weaknesses and strengths of the current Thai Sangha; her writing advocates serious reform for monastic and lay Buddhists, not the least of which is the reestablishment of the Bhikkhuni order.

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Let The Light Shine
Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Ayya Tathaloka Mahatheri

We’ve been very fortunate to receive ongoing guidance from bhikkhuni elder Ayyà Tathàlokà during the different phases of thisbook. The present book shows us, in multiple ways, how the Dhamma, while universal in its appeal, can take on different nuances when expressed by feminine voices. As time goes by and bhikkhuni ordination spreads to wider circles in a literate and well educated female population, we can expect to see an ever larger output of writings from fully ordained Buddhist women. These will testify, as the present volume does, to the feminine appropriation of the Dhamma and offer us still more feminine perspectives on the meaning and applications of the teachings. We extend our gratitude to all the pioneering bhikkhunis whose dedication to Dhamma inspired us to bring this book into existence. Like the American hero Rosa Parks, mother of the freedom movement, you have given us a model of fearlessness and commitment to truth.

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