Simon E. wrote:Meanwhile..whatever the spelling there have been, and are, a number of legal actions ( ok ? ) proceeding from women who claim to have been exploited sexually under the guise of Karmamudra.
Granted. Some women have been exploited under the pretense that they will be engaging in a spiritual practice. Does this mean that the practice itself is about exploitation? Sounds like I am the defending attorney in a legal soot, yes?
If you go to your nearest Theravada temple you will see see the male novice monks being fed before Nuns ( who are not really nuns ) of thirty years standing. Fact.
Again granted. Does the same rule apply regarding eating in the general population? ie Are you sure that is it a a religious thing or maybe it is also a culture thing?
If you google Ajahn Bramhavamso and Ordinations you will see that the said teacher has been expelled from the mainstream Theravada community because he ordained women. Fact.
True, but the argument had just as much do with official bhikksuni lineages as anything else.
If you visit your local Gompa/Vihara/Meditation centre you are highly likely to find the cooking cleaning, darning and sock washing done by women while men talk philosophy. Fact.
Not true. In the centres I go to there is either a roster or people work voluntarily. This, again, may just be the reflection of a phalocratic cultural setting.
Its endemic. Its deeply embedded. It comes ( or has done ) with the Buddhist territory.
It stems from fear of sexuality.
Its endemic. Its deeply embedded. It comes ( or has done ) with the PHALOCRATIC territory.
Muslim women have far more power.
Yes and no. Depends which part of the Muslim world they are living in. Why? Cultural factors!
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master