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By Paula Kane Robinson Arai

during this learn, according to either old proof and ethnographic facts, Paula Arai exhibits that nuns have been significant brokers within the origin of Buddhism in Japan within the 6th century. They have been energetic individuals within the Soto Zen sect, and feature persevered to give a contribution to the development of the sect to the current day. Drawing on her fieldwork one of the Soto nuns, Arai demonstrates that the lives of a lot of those ladies embrace classical Buddhist beliefs. they've got selected to steer a strictly disciplined monastic existence over opposed to profitable careers and the unconstrained modern secular way of life. during this, and different respects, they are often proven to face in stark distinction to their male counterparts.

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