rory wrote:We can have a separate discussion of experiences, but I want right now to discuss Buddhism's long history of the non-equality of women! I realize it may not interest men & that's the issue too.
You're talking to an interested man here! The more types of people I can understand, the more types of people I will be able to interact with positively.
rory wrote:I just can't see how I can continue to support an institution, Buddhism, that doesn't teach what it promotes
You are of course free to do what you wish. If being involved with Buddhism causes you so much suffering and disturbs your peace of mind, then maybe it's not the best path for you at the present moment.
I think the key question is "Do you feel hatred towards Shakyamuni Buddha and consider him sexist?" Although he grew up in a sexist culture, I think he was more progressive than most people of his time. And certainly as a Buddhist, I truly believe that he cared about all living creatures.
rory wrote:Why isn't the next Dalai Lama female, or the top lamas.
The next Dalai Lama very well could be female!http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... woman.html
I realize that this might not be satisfying to you until it happens, but I think it's significant that HHDL mentioned this possibility. As far as female "top lamas" go, I think Pema Chodron is a "top lama" in terms of popularity, if not in terms of rank. As far as rank goes, HE Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche is very much a "top lama" and is highly respected by all the top male lamas. In fact, many of her mannerisms while speaking remind me of the Dalai Lama. If the next Dalai Lama is female, I think she will be very similar to Khandro Rinpoche.
As far as historical figures go, have you ever read about Machig Labdron? She was an extraordinary female yogi who created many of the Chod lineages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machig_Labdr%C3%B6n
rory wrote:Why should any woman support Buddhism?
Each woman will have to answer that for herself, but here are some possible answers which I can conceive of right now:
-Because Buddhism leads to the cessation of mental suffering. Other samsaric institutions, however noble in their ideals, do not have these methods which lead to total liberation.
-Because Buddhism helps them enjoy their present lives more fully and helps them care for others more deeply.
rory wrote:Apropos of the long Buddhist-American tradition in Hawai'i, I think it's great , I don't understand why Trike ignores it, I think it's due to the inherent assumption, that only white male intellectuals- the beloved Beat generation really count.
You could start a thread about the Buddhist-American tradition in Hawai'i. I don't know anything about it because no one mentions it in the usual western Buddhist media, as you mentioned above, and I would be curious to hear more about it.