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Bhikkhave and Bhikkhu as Gender-Inclusive Terminology in Early Buddhist Texts

@article{Collett2014BhikkhaveAB,
  title={Bhikkhave and Bhikkhu as Gender-Inclusive Terminology in Early Buddhist Texts},
  author={A. Collett and Bhikkhu Anālayo},
  journal={The Journal of Buddhist Ethics},
  year={2014},
  volume={21},
  pages={760}
}
Introduction The terms bhikkhave and bhikkhu, and particularly their appearance in Pali Buddhist literature appear, on the surface, to be terminology that excludes women. The vocative address to monks (bhikkhave and its equivalents) that occurs so often in sutta literature appears to be indicating that the teachings being proffered are addressed exclusively to male monastics. Similarly, the use of the normative bhikkhu (and its equivalents), in expositions relating to the teaching, again… Expand
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