Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Steven Covell

Second Advisor

Dr. Nancy Falk

Third Advisor

Dr. Brian Wilson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


This thesis intends to discover the reasons behind the plethora of nuns in Taiwanese Buddhism by looking at what specific opportunities are offered by the Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan. In addition, this thesis will also show how Feminist theory is not a part of the decision for most Taiwanese women who become nuns and that it is not an area of concern for the ordained nuns.