Reading the texts is good, but it is easy to misinterpret them. Insulting others by telling them to read the suttas is not right speech.
Chronicle data is missing from the texts, and one has to do some careful study before drawing any conclusions. Even, after careful study, one cannot be too sure about the facts.
Venerable Ānanda was ordained about two years after the Enlightenment, when the Buddha first visited Kapilavatthu. This was together with Devadatta, Anuruddha, and Upāli.
Pajāpāti and Mahāmāyā were sisters. King Suddhodana married both the sisters, and when Mahāmāyā died, seven days after the birth of the Buddha, Pajāpati looked after the Buddha and nursed him. She was the mother of Nanda, but it is said that she gave her own son to nurses and herself nursed the Buddha. The Buddha was at Vesāli when Suddhodana died, and Pajāpatī decided to renounce the world, and waited for an opportunity to ask the permission of the Buddha.
Pajāpatī was already a Stream-winner. She attained this eminence when the Buddha first visited his father’s palace and taught the Mahādhammapāla Jātaka (DhA.i.97).
Her opportunity came when the Buddha visited Kapilavatthu to settle the dispute between the Sākyā and the Koliyā as to the right to take water from the river Rohiṇī. When the dispute had been settled, the Buddha taught the Kalahavivāda Sutta, and five hundred young Sākyan men joined the Order. Their wives, led by Pajāpatī, went to the Buddha and asked leave to be ordained as nuns. This leave the Buddha refused, and he went on to Vesāli. However, Pajāpatī and her companions, nothing daunted, had barbers to cut off their hair, and donning yellow robes, followed the Buddha to Vesāli on foot.
So, from this account it seems that the ordination of the nuns was some time after the ordination of Ānanda. Did Ānanda have to be the Buddha's personal attendant to intervene on behalf of the nuns? He was the Buddha cousin, after all, and also related to Mahāpajāpati.
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