Vinaya Resources

Books and Pamphlets about the Vinaya

Learn more about studying and practicing Buddha's guidelines for monastics with these Vinaya resources.

New Vinaya Booklets

In November 2017, Sravasti Abbey published six new Vinaya booklets. According to the Buddha’s Vinaya, only Buddhist monastics and candidates for Buddhist monastic ordination may read these texts. Enjoy these Vinaya resources!

 

1. Pravrajyā and Śikṣamāṇā Ordination Rites

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2. Teachings and Rites for Śrāmaṇerī/as

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blank3. Śikṣamāṇā Poṣadha and Other Rites

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blank4. Bhikṣuṇī Poṣadha and Rites to Establish the Territory

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blank5. Bhikṣu Poṣadha and Rites to Establish the Territory

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blank6. Varṣā, Pravāraṇā, and Kaṭhina Rites

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Vinaya Books by Venerable Chodron

To contribute to the flourishing of the monastic community and the Dharma in the West, Venerable Chodron has edited numerous books on the Vinaya and what it means to ordain and live as a monastic in community. Please note that some of these texts may only be read by those who are ordained as Buddhist monastics.

For a full list of Vinaya books published by Sravasti Abbey, visit http://thubtenchodron.org/books/vinaya-books.

blankKarmans for the Creation of Virtue: The Prescriptive Precepts in the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya

Ordained monastics may request a complimentary print copy or PDF by emailing [email protected]

 

 

blankChoosing Simplicity: A commentary on the Bhikshuni Pratimoksha

Anyone—lay or ordained—may read this book.

 

 

blankBlossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun

Anyone—lay or ordained—may read this book.

 

 

 

blankPreparing for Ordination: Reflections for Westerners Considering Monastic Ordination in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

Anyone—lay or ordained—may read this book.

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