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Usual English translation of the Sanskrit word bhikṣunī (Pāli, bhikkhunī). In this sense the term refers only to fully ordained member of the Saṃgha. In various parts of the Buddhist world there are orders of women who devote themselves to the religious life but are not fully ordained. These usually follow a lesser number of precepts.such as the dasa silmātā of Sri Lanka.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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