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དགེ་སློབ་མ་

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དགེ་སློབ་མ། (Wyl. dge slob ma) n. Pron.: gé lobma


Gelobma12 vows including 6 precepts

The additional vows and precepts concern the behavior of probationary nuns as well as renunciation and morality.

A nun is a gelobma for two years after which time she may take the full ordination of gelongma.

To receive gelobma ordination within the Mulasarvastivada, there must be 12 fully-ordained bhikshunis (including one’s instructor and spiritual mentor) who have been ordained for at least 10 years.

In the Chinese tradition there is no gelobma ordination because the nuns live in a temple and are watched and trained by masters and therefore do not need this probationary time.

Some say that the gelobma/probationary nun ordination was instituted so that, if an aspiring nun is pregnant at the time of ordination, it would not reflect badly on the community.

According to the vinaya, however, as explained by the Ven. Geshe Thubten Ngawang of Hamburg,Germany, Buddha set aside some rules to cover the occasional case of the woman with a child.

In the text it says that women have more difficulties than men, and this ordination prepares the nun to keep the full vows of gelongma ordination.

Geshe-la explained that, in these degenerate times, the more vows a person has, the better their behavior, but to suit the need of our time, the vinaya is adaptable.

The five root vows, however, cannot be changed. – 12 vows including 6 precepts.

The additional vows and precepts concern the behavior of probationary nuns as well as renunciation and morality.

A nun is a gelobma for two years after which time she may take the full ordination of gelongma.

To receive gelobma ordination within the Mulasarvastivada, there must be 12 fully-ordained bhikshunis (including one’s instructor and spiritual mentor) who have been ordained for at least 10 years.

In the Chinese tradition there is no gelobma ordination because the nuns live in a temple and are watched and trained by masters and therefore do not need this probationary time.


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