The present work provides the first complete annotated translation into English of the Chinese version of the bhiksunivibhanga of the Dharmaguptakavinaya. This vinaya laid the foundation of Chinese monastic life. As the Dharmaguptakavinaya came into being in symbiosis with other vinaya traditions, a comparison is made with these other traditions on important issues.The work is supplemented with indexes, glossaries and a concordance of the rules for nuns and monks of the Dharmaguptaka traditions.
Graduated from the `Universiteit Get` (Ghent University, Belgium) in 1994, Ann Heirman (b. 1965) has been working at the same University since 1995, first as research assistant with the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belguim) , at present as assistant professor in the department of Chinese Language and Culture.