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Songs Of Buddhist Nuns

Updated on June 19, 2013


When we go through the preachings of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, one of the most peaceful religions, we find numerous examples of how they evoked moral conscience within other people.

Many women, under the effect of his teachings transitioned to being nuns and fore took the path of enlightenment. Sometimes dialogues took place between the Lord and the nuns as a spontaneous array of songs, which is very fascinating to read. Here I present the songs of two nuns one of which is a conversation with Buddha.


Ubbiri’s Song


Ubbiri was a woman of Shravasti, who attained NIBBANA (enlightenment) as an Upasika, i.e., lay-woman. The turning point in her life was an encounter with the Buddha, which took place while she was lamenting the death of her daughter JIVA. The following song is in the form of a dialogue between the Buddha and Ubbiri.




Buddha:

Mother, you cry out ‘O Jiva’ in the woods. Come to yourself Ubbiri. Eighty Four Thousand daughters all with the name ‘Jiva’ have burned in the funeral fire. For which one do you grieve?


Ubbiri:

I had an arrow hidden in my heart and he took it out-

That grief for my daughter. The arrow is out, the heart healed of hunger.

I take refuge in the Buddha-sage, the Dharma, and the Sangha.


Mitta’s Song


Mitta was a Sakya woman of Kapilavastu. The first stanza of her verse speaks of the observances she followed as a lay woman, the second one of her life after she became a nun.



To be reborn among the gods

I fasted and fasted

Every two weeks,

Day eight, fourteen, fifteen

And a special day



Now with a shaved head

And Buddhist robes

I eat one meal a day

I do not long to be a god

There is no fear in my heart.



Both the song and the conservation depict how profound and instantaneous effects The Buddha had both on his devotees and the people he met.

His teachings possess the power to turn minds towards a more peaceful existence and vouch for sustainable presence of each living organism on earth without strife.

If only we could connect to his thoughts as the nuns connected then… the world would be such a better place!


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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      No doubt enlightenment is a grande thing when life is in harmony with song from our souls. I am always transfixed by religions of our world, I prefer the peaceful ones. You have placed a beautiful hub together here my friend and I felt totally relaxed and in sync with your words. I am intrigued by the teachings of Budda. Many people from all over our world practice this peaceful religion. Voted Up.

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      How beautiful! Wisdom from above, astonishing. An interesting experience, thoughtfully done!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for this wonderful share my friend :)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...also too Vincent and Sir Rahul there has been an infinite and needless amount of bloodshed left behind on the hands of certain religious factions and groups and their sometimes narrow minded ideology - maybe John Lennon was right in his song Imagine - idealistic as his words were ....

      and bravo to you young man for once again raising my consciousness level of awareness even higher through this wonderful and fascinating hub subject - lake erie time 3:18pm Canada

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thank you for this brief explanation and understanding of Buddism. I have read a little about it and I know how peaceful it is, but these songs/poems are lovely and speak volumes to the world. Thanks for sharing these!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh how i loved this. Those who dedicate theit lives to service to the betterment of mankind is very special. Thank you for sharing...

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      thank you for the awesome hub and for sharing.....voted up and shared.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Your hubs are so unique Rahul, good work buddy. Glad you're feeling a bit better! :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Wonderful words Sir Vincent! I am glad you connected to my work in such fashion!

      Many people indeed.. get inclined towards the teachings of the Budda... along their lives... thanks again

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you so much Max!! I am glad you connected

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I am glad you liked it Frank!!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Indeed my Lord! Lennon indeed created a dream of an ideal world for us with his song!!

      I am glad I could bring you on to read my work My Lord...

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Suzette! Thank you for connecting with me and reviewing me so kindly...

      i am glad I could please you!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks ALways! your kind comments and views are much warmly appreciated!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank YOU Dgh! for supporting me with such kindness

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks for connecting Aubrey! I am glad you liked my work! Yea.. there is improvement for sure :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for this insight into your religion, my brother. Being raised in the Catholic religion, women cannot become nuns if they are not virgins. However, a loving God will accept a person's decision to change. This is my belief. This is also why I choose to talk to God in my way, in my time. A loving God does not put restrictions on how you believe. As long as you believe. That's the point.

      I love you, my Brother. !

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      KatrineDM 4 years ago

      This new HP layout is so much nicer and cleaner...the text and pictures appear so well.

      Although the Budhism topic is not new to me, thanks for sharing these interesting songs with us.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Shauna... again you come out here with your warm heart and unkindled support for me and share your wisdom on my work... Thank you!

      I did not know the fact you mentioned... but yes each religion is based on a set of traditions and we should respect all of them..

      Love u loads sister

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Katrine... glad to have you back here,,, and yes the new layout is much better...

      thank you for connecting with my work and liking it :)

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is a great hub. Keep writing deep ones.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks Integrity.... you are a gem of a person

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Fascinating insight into a different world. Beautifully done too!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you so much Xstatic... I am glad you liked it :)

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Beautiful Rahul, and true and inspiring wisdom. I've been researching and fascinated with Buddhism for a long time now, thank you for writing this great hub. Voted up, beautiful, useful, awesome, and interesting :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Buddhism is one of the most peaceful religions I have come across.... I am not surprised that of all you are delving into this... Serenity shows in your face and work...

      I am glad you visited brother James

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi,

      Wonderful information and nice photos. I have plans to learn more about Buddhism. Hope you will write more on the religion. Congrats.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hello Sunil...... thanks for the valuable comment...

      I will write some more..... soon :)

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nice to once again have the opportunity to read of your thoughts and devotions.

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      Jessee R 3 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hello my dear Sir, I appreciate your visit and your honest words to my hearts content

      Thank you :)

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Good on you, Rahul.

      Loving thoughts and much Mehta.

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