Gender equality/inequality in Buddhism

During a meditation course at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India, the participants felt that there is discrimination against women in Buddhism and it became a hot topic at the course. Venerable Thubten Chodron was invited to address this issue from her perspective as a Buddhist nun for nearly 30 years.

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  • Experience of gender equality

    • Personal experience in the Tibetan Buddhist world
    • Discriminate pure Dharma from social institutions
    • Having unhappiness about inequality and achieving real liberation occur internally
    • We should still work to remedy social injustices compassionately

    Gender equality 01 (download)

    Past and present situation

    • Discussion of the antidotes to sexual attachment
    • Historical ordination differences between monks and nuns
    • Origin of nuns’ orders
    • Buddhism in the West

    Gender equality 02 (download)

    Questions and answers

    • The differences between monks and nuns
    • How Sravasti Abbey is organized
    • Warnings about the fascination with finding reincarnated teachers

    Gender equality 03 (download)

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