nuns played an significant role in the spread and development
of Buddhism, few records about them survive. An important
exception to this is The Lives of the Nuns (Pi-ch'iu-ni
chuan) written in about 516 AD and later incorporated
into the Chinese Tipitaka. The
Lives contains the biographies of 65 eminent nuns
who lived during Buddhism's first 400 years in China.
Many of these women are portrayed as competent administrators, popular
preachers and accomplished practitioners who earned the
esteem of the society in which they lived.
Tsai. (trans) Lives of the Nuns, Honolulu, 1994.