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.
Volume 26, 2019
Sexual Misconduct in Early Buddhist Ethics: A New Approach
Ven. Pandita (Burma)
University of Kelaniya
In this paper, I argue that (1) rape is not covered by the concept of sexual misconduct prohibited by the Third Precept of the universal Five Precepts morality in Buddhism; and (2) many problematic issues surrounding this precept go away when we interpret it in this way.
Volume 18, 2011
A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism. By John Powers. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009, 334 pages, ISBN: 978-0674033290 (hardcover); US $45.00.
Reviewed by Vanessa Sasson