Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.


Pāli Vinaya Conceptions of Sex and Precedents for Transgender Ordination

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 28, 2021

On Pāli Vinaya Conceptions of Sex and Precedents for Transgender Ordination

Brenna Grace Artinger
Independent Scholar

In this article I evaluate ideas of sex and behavior in Pāli Vinaya texts in order to better understand the roles of such terms and their consequences on monastic inclusion. I then contend with the ramifications of such terms on present-day considerations of ordination for transgender individuals, and the ways in which Vinaya texts provide legal precedent for such possibilities.

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Review: Sexuality in Ancient India

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 3 1996

Sexuality in Ancient India: A Study Based on the Pali Vinayapiṭaka. By L.P.N. Perera. Kelaniya, Sri Lanka: The Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, 1993.

Reviewed by Tessa Bartholomeusz

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