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Sundarīnandā (T. mdzes dga' mo མཛེས་དགའ་མོ་; C. suntuoli 孫陀利) also known as Sundarī, was the daughter of King Śuddhodana and Mahāpajāpatī. She was the half-sister of Siddhartha Gautama.[1] She became a nun after the enlightenment of the Buddha, and became the foremost bhikkhuni in the practise of jhana (total meditative absorption).[2] She lived during the 6th century BCE in what is now Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India.

Further reading:


  1. "The Buddha's Sister: Sundari Nanda". American Buddhist Journals. 29 June 2011. 
  2. Murcott, Susan (1991). The First Buddhist Women: Translations and Commentaries on the Therigatha.