Abstract: Bhikshuni Ordination: Lineages and Procedures as Instruments of Power

by Prof. Dr. Jan-Ulrich Sobisch

Copenhagen University

I want to discuss a few of the Tibetan concepts of authority in connection with their transmission. That is, looking at cases of transmission of authority by authoritative persons, and authorization of persons through authoritative transmissions, I want to show how some of the particular Tibetan forms of authority come into play in the context of bhikshuni ordination. I furthermore want to consider the question whether the vinaya-lineages are similar to other Tibetan forms of the transmission of authority, and in which way they are different. Finally I will try to show how, with a refined concept of authority, one could in fact argue in favor of reestablishing bhikshuni ordination.