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Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms

Shayne Clarke


Scholarly and popular consensus has painted a picture of Indian Buddhist monasticism in which monks and nuns severed all ties with their families when they left home for the religious life. They remained celibate, and those who faltered in their “vows” of monastic celibacy were immediately and irrevocably expelled from the Buddhist Order. This image is based largely on the ascetic rhetoric of texts such as the Rhinoceros Horn Sutra. Through a study of Indian Buddhist law codes (vinaya), this book dehorns the rhinoceros, revealing that in their own legal narratives, Indian Buddhist writers take ... More

Keywords: family, India, Buddhism, Buddhist monasticism, Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns, renunciation, monastic law codes, religious life, celibacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836474
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shayne Clarke, author
McMaster University