Gotami Cuts Her Hair
The First Buddhist Nun Stands Her Ground
Mahāpajāpatī’s awakening verse as translated by Susan Murcott:
Homage to you Buddha, best of all creatures, who set me and many other people from pain. . . I have been mother, son, father, brother, grandmother; knowing nothing of the truth I journeyed on. . . .But I have seen the Blessed One; this is my last body, and I will not go from birth to birth again. . . Maya gave birth to Gautama for the sake of us all. She has driven back the pain of the sick and dying.
To read more about the Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī, see my previous SparkZen post:
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