“Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns” documentary now complete, available online

Filmmaker Wiriya Sati has announced the online release of The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns. Ten years in the making, the documentary explores the attempts to revive the order of bhikkhunis, or fully ordained nuns, created by Shakyamuni Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. Asking two questions — “Is Buddhism a religious movement based on equality? Or is it rooted in a male-dominated culture found in most other world religions?” — Sati travels throughout Asia and the West, discovering both intractable conservatism and those intent on pushing beyond cultural barriers. The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns is being made available to stream and download at Vimeo on Demand here; visit the filmmakers’ site here to learn more about the film and to organize screenings.

View the official trailer after the jump.