(vii) The Social Activities of the Bhikkunis
There is no record concerning the role of bhikkunis in society and their
practices. But there is a record about a bhikkuni called Chihye who lived
during the reign of King Chinp'yong who is reported to have held a special
ceremony every spring and every fall, 10 days each for laymen and laywomen.
She lived in Anhung-sa.
There is a special story recorded about her. Once, when she was preparing
to repair one of the main halls, she had a dream in which it was revealed
to her that there were over 5 kilos of gold under the statue ready to be
used as payment for the repairing of the hall.
As in the case of Bhikkuni Chihye, other bhikkunis in the Shilla Kingdom
had to be vigorous in helping Buddhism to become well settled and familiar
to all classes of people.