Dalhikamma: Origins

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Dalhikamma: Origins

Postby Bankei » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:23 pm

As you are no doubt aware the Theravada monastic world is divided into Nikaya - sects and sub-sects.

In Thailand there are 2 Nikaya (and many subgroups which are not strictly speaking sub-nikaya).
The Sangha in Burma is divided into 9 Nikaya.
Sri Lanka has 3 main Nikaya, but these are split into more than 30 sub-nikaya.
Cambodia and Laos 2 I believe.

Generally monks from one nikaya will not perform legal kamma (such as ordinations) with monks of another nikaya.

However, there is a ceremony known as Dalhikamma which has been called a 'strengthening procedure'. Visiting monks from other nikaya can participate in Dalhikamma and thereby have their original ordination recognised without the need to re-ordain.

I would like to learn of the origin and textual basis for 'Dalhikamma' and also hear about contemporary applications of it in Theravada lands.

Does anyone know more?

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Re: Dalhikamma: Origins

Postby pilgrim » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:25 am

I know little about it and cannot answer your query, but as a point of interest, I understand that the first batches of bhikkhunis ordained in India under the Dharmagupta tradition used this procedure to convert to Theravada.

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Re: Dalhikamma: Origins

Postby Bankei » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:36 pm

Thanks Pilgrim. That is interesting.
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Re: Dalhikamma: Origins

Postby chownah » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:33 am

Does anyone have a reference to verify that Pilgrims understanding is correct?
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Re: Dalhikamma: Origins

Postby pilgrim » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:48 am

chownah wrote:Does anyone have a reference to verify that Pilgrims understanding is correct?
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see http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/ar ... art_3.html
"Although the revival of the Theravada bhikkhuni ordination lineage in Sri Lanka entailed re-ordination of the bhikkhunis from Dharmagupta to Theravada, in accordance with the dalhikamma strengthening procedure followed among the four Sri Lanka Theravada bhikkhu sanghas, it would be preferable to reinstate the Mulasarvastivada bhikshuni ordination through the single sangha procedure."

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Re: Dalhikamma: Origins

Postby cooran » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:50 am

Hello all,

In addition to Pilgrim's post - dalhikamma mentioned at note 8

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni - Strengthening the Tradition: Women in Buddhism
http://www.theravada-dhamma.org/pdf/Dha ... hening.pdf

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