Volume 28, 2021
On Pāli Vinaya Conceptions of Sex and Precedents for Transgender Ordination
Brenna Grace Artinger
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.