Nun of Your Business: Women, Society, and the Sangha in Early Buddhism

Echoes Of India: A History Podcast

Aug 9 2021 • 37 mins

Episode 4 of Echoes of India brings us to witness the burgeoning power of the Buddhist Sangha in the early Gangetic Plains. How did Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, deal with the struggle of becoming a leader of thousands? How did he navigate the tides of public opinion and ensure that his rules were followed across this sprawling organisation? And what kind of role did women play in early Sangha?

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