This book covers in outline, but with many interesting stories and examples, the history and development of the Sangha, the Buddhist Order of monks and nuns, from their beginnings in the Buddha’s time to the present day.
Much of the information contained in this book is scattered widely in many different works or is the result of the author’s own experience as a Buddhist monk in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
The chapter on the Sangha in the principal Buddhist countries of Southeast and South Asia contains information not available elsewhere, while that on bhikkhunis, the Buddhist nuns, is unique in its coverage. Translations of some of the inspiring verses of the enlightened disciples of the Buddha are given and the author shows how this living tradition of enlightened teachers comes down to the present day.
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You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the wayBuddha, Dhp 276