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Ws 420 buddhism


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Ws 420 buddhism

  1. 1. Women and Buddhism <br />Began in India in the fifth or sixth century B.C.E.<br />
  2. 2. Forms of Buddhism<br />Theravada (Hinayana) – Has a more conservative outlook on the participation of women in Buddhism. This form of Buddhism denies the possibility of a female Buddha as well as Buddhist nuns. <br />Mahayana (Zen) – Views Buddhism as more than male or female, but as a source of supreme enlightenment.<br />Tantric – A female centered form of Buddhism. <br />
  3. 3. Buddhism<br />Contrary to other religions the language of Buddhism does not reflect gendered or masculine God-language. <br />There are scriptures in Buddhism that suppress women and describe women in a variety of ways; filled with evil desires, harmful obstacles, impure, have more sinful karma than men, and the need to be reborn as a man in order to achieve Buddhahood. <br />It is believed that this language and these scriptures do not reflect the words of Buddha but of society. <br />
  4. 4. Buddhism<br />There are certain countries that are more conservative towards the inclusion of women in Buddhism; Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Tibet, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan. These countries usually practice Theravada Buddhism.<br />There are women who are nuns and live as Buddhist devotees in these countries who receive no public or government support and are not fully ordained. <br />In Taiwan and Japan women can enjoy their own monasteries as well as being ordained. These countries practice Mahayana (Zen). <br />
  5. 5. Buddhism<br />Sakyadhita – This is an association dedicated to Buddhist women that is a form of communication, education, and research for Buddhist women around the world. <br />Many feminist Buddha women work to discredit the Theravada view of women by recovering scriptures about the enlightenment of women. <br />Therigatha is a volume of writings by female disciples of Buddha that feminist Buddha women work to show its importance.<br />