A while ago I reading Radhika Abeysekera's "Relatives and Disciples of the Buddha" and really enjoyed hearing some of the historical stories about what led the Buddha's disciples to go forth into the monastic life, and how the achieved great spiritual feats once joining the order.
It was also good to learn a little more about Khema (the first female chief disciple of the Buddha - female equivalent of Sariputta) and Uppalavanna (the second female chief disciple - female equivalent of Maha Moggallana) and what role they played in the initial successes of the bhikkhuni order.
For anyone interested in learning more about Khema, Uppalavanna and other early prominent female disciples of the Buddha, I recommend the following online resources:Pt. III - Great Female Disciples (from "Relatives and Disciples of the Buddha")
by Radhika Abeysekerahttp://www.budsas.org/ebud/rdbud/rdbud-03.htmBuddhist Women at the Time of The Buddha
by Hellmuth Heckerhttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el292.htmlBhikkhuni-samyutta (Discourses of the Ancient Nuns)http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl143.htmlInspiration from Enlightened Nuns
- Susan Elbaum Jootlahttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el349.htmlTherigatha · Verses of the Elder Nunshttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... index.html
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)
What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)
"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today." (Thomas Sowell)