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And they don't benefit women, rather they exist to keep a status quo of in and out groups, maintain an elite and perpetuate hierarchies
rory wrote:He ordained men and women. His wife and aunt became enlightened. He didn't leave an appointed successor or institution. So now it's approx 2,000 years later and you're telling me women now can become geshes.
Ramon1920 wrote: The unfortunate reality is that we are far too stupid and careless to reinvent the Dharma. We basically have to take the risk of following some person that relays the Buddha's message or strike out on our own, making small progress, and then dying. If not for Buddhist teachers, what would I be doing? Probably still struggling with the ideas of God or materialism. I am not so attentive and earnest that I would rediscover the Dharma myself.
How many female translators are there?
He didn't leave orgs or hierarchies or say women couldn't become enlightened; these were created by men and their cultural perceptions and they kept women out and down and ignorant.
So now it's approx 2,000 years later and you're telling me women now can become geshes.
How many female high lamas or Dalai Lamas have there been?
in the Japanese tradition this is easy, though they won't become the heads of sects, only Japanese men.
I've dealt with having a master in studying esoteric buddhism the power plays were nasty.
JKhedrup; you're thinking women's rights are progressive. That's not the case.
Western women had many rights under the late pagan Roman republic and early Empire, except for the vote, perhaps some more than we have today.
Please don't confuse 'social justice' with Buddhism's emphasis on change & it's original equality of the sexes, that's been abandoned & except for Bernard Faure, no one really cares.
. As for my problem with esoteric practices, I don't object to them. It's rather the hierarchy that controls who gets them.
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