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Re: sangha and its members

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  • rjkjp1
    ... here ... Dear June, The phrase refers to all followers who have reached a stage of enligtenment and includes even laywomen. Robert
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 21, 2005
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      --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, "depthofinfinity" <eveningfalls@g...>
      wrote:
      > Hi,
      >
      > In the following chanting passage:
      >
      > [Yo so supa.tipanno] bhagavato saavaka-sa"ngho,
      > The Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced well,
      >
      > Uju-pa.tipanno bhagavato saavaka-sa"ngho,
      > the Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced
      > straightforwardly,
      >
      > >
      > I am pointed out that the word "saavaka" in the above passage only
      > includes the male disciples of the Buddha. Is this true,
      > as "saavikaa" is the more precise term for female disciples? So
      here
      > in male-dominated Thai Buddhism, women are not even recognized in
      > the chantings. I was wondering if the Noble Sangha does include
      > bhikkhunis and female lay followers as well?
      >
      > ===============
      Dear June,
      The phrase refers to all followers who have reached a stage of
      enligtenment and includes even laywomen.
      Robert
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