1. Introduction to the work of Foucault and its use in this study 2. An overview of the Vinaya 3. The presentation of the Vinaya within forms of western scholarship 4. The Vinaya and the Dharmasastra 5. The formation of the religious body 6. From ethics to aesthetics 7. The role of confession and discipline 8. Rules and transgressions 9. Conclusion : the 'care of the self' and the practice of the Vinaya.