A detailed exploration of the quest for liberation on the part of the early bhikkunis. Only text in the Buddhist tradition of known female authorship. Important to anyone investigating women's own perspective on their religion. Also provides a clear statement about how renunciants understand nibbana.
'This book is a valuable contribution to the growing literature about women and Buddhism. It should be in all libraries with collections about Buddhism or gender studies in religion.' - Journal of the American Academy of Religion
'Kathryn Blackstone has offered scholars in the study of early Buddhism a valuable lesson ... I found myself happily convinced.' - The Tibet Journal