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‘Rebel’ nuns battle monks’ scorn

By Frances Harrison

Bhikuni Kusuma has a shaven head and wears the robes of a Buddhist monk – but she’s a woman.

Many of her male counterparts call her misguided, but for her followers, she’s a teacher who studied the ancient texts and revived the third century BC practice of ordaining women as Buddhist nuns, or Bhikuni as they’re called.

“It was taboo – the word itself was taboo – nobody wanted it, nobody knew it,” she says of the title “Bhikuni”, which she was the first to use in Sri Lanka in modern times.

Read the original article at: BBC News

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