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.

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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