By Karma Lekshe Tsomo
Students and practitioners from a number of Buddhist cultures, philosophical traditions, and educational disciplines research very important dimensions of the recent cross-cultural Buddhist women's stream: the prestige and studies of girls in Buddhist societies, feminist interpretation of Buddhist tenets, and the connection of ladies to Buddhist associations. Buddhist ladies throughout Cultures records either women's fight for non secular equality in Asian Buddhist cultures in addition to the method of making Buddhist feminist identification throughout nationwide and ethnic obstacles as Buddhism earnings recognition within the West. The ebook contributes considerably to an realizing of girls and faith in either Western and non-Western cultures.
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In Thailand, for example, any boy can hypothetically climb the clerical ladder, which culminates in the post of Sangharaja*, Supreme Patriarch, appointed by the king. Men who disrobe, having gained a high-quality education free of charge, are eligible to apply for administrative posts in the secular sphere, and may assume positions of considerable influence in politics and governmentopportunities remote for women. Although the temples in these countries are thronged with women and supported primarily by them, women play no significant role in Buddhist religious hierarchies.
22. Byles, Journey, p. 72. 23. Spiro, Buddhism and Society, p. 263. 24. " Byles, Journey, p. 119. 25. , p. 124. 26. These are the regulations of monastic discipline contained in the Vinaya. In the Theravada * tradition preserved in Pali* translation there are 227 precepts for bhiksus*and 311 precepts for bhiksunis*, in the Dharmagupta tradition preserved in Chinese translation there are 250 for bhiksus and 348 for bhiksunis, and in the Mulasarvastivadin* tradition preserved in Tibetan translation there are 253 for bhiksus and 364 for bhiksunis.
Whose heroic example has inspired generations of Tibetan women. 55 Unfortunately, social and political factors have intruded and perforce compromised many ordinary women's spiritual potential. Mundane realities have mitigated against large numbers of women being recognized for their religious attainments: for example, societal expectations of women's roles, the time-consuming duties of family life, and in recent years, the takeover of the Tibetan homeland by an uncompromising Communist regime.
Buddhist Women Across Cultures (S U N Y Series in Feminist Philosophy) by Karma Lekshe Tsomo