rory wrote:Really I gave explicit examples of the subtle sexism, but no male has said "you know I'll print out a statue of great Buddha Mahaprajapati to encourage women.And write under it 'THIS is what a Buddha looks like'." Because why bother? or why not draw a new image of Vairochana as a woman? Because people here are hidebound.
Since I'm one of the male posters you're calling out here, I'll point out that your claim does not correspond to reality. Specifically: several years ago, I enshrined an image of Benzaiten on our main butsudan at our little Tendai practice group. Why? Because I wanted to show our members that this is what bodhisattva activity can look like. If you want to call that hidebound, by all means do so--I don't want to disturb the pleasure one can get in self-righteous anger--but don't pretend your understanding of the world you inhabit actually represents the world others experience.
And why not support my dream of an all woman temple, it just may have great results, and maybe new ways of doing things. But who needs new things in the dharma when there is tradition....oh the irony.
I don't see many in this thread arguing against trying new things, growing, or developing into new ways of doing things. Quite the contrary. The irony, if there is any, lies in your inability to see that many if not most of the posters in this thread actually agree with you more often than they disagree.
And for the record, I came out in support of your idea of a single-gender temple for those who may find such a temple useful or helpful.