The place of women in buddhism (a talk given to the midlands buddhist society (uk) on sanghamitta day) by swarna de silva introduction the position of women has been a subject of considerable interest in recent decades.
Man and woman must have freedom either to get married or to remain single this does not mean that buddhism is against marriage nobody in this world would say that marriage is bad and there is no religion which is against marriage. The buddhist views on marriage are very liberal: in buddhism, marriage is regarded entirely as personal and individual concern, and not as a religious duty there are no religious laws in buddhism compelling a person to be married, to remain as a bachelor or to lead a life of total chastity.
The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence in the teaching of the buddha, too, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and. Giving with pure motivation is called dana paramita (sanskrit), or dana parami (pali), which means perfection of giving there are lists of perfections that vary somewhat between theravada and mahayana buddhism, but dana, giving, is the first perfection on every list.
To criticize a woman is a transgression of a vajrayāna vow, but in the vajrayāna there is no vow saying women are not allowed to criticize men so we men have to complain (laughs) the problem concerning the highest ordination of the buddhist nun, the bhikṣuṇī, is that there are different vinaya traditions.
A large number of inscriptions dating from the third to the first century bce, written in the early brahmi script, testify to the patronage extended by women to buddhism during the early stages of its spread in sri lanka. The place of women in buddhism a talk given to the midlands buddhist society (uk) on the position of women in buddhism could be contrasted with that accorded to women in the other successive transmigrations thus in the samsaric sense there is no male or female, but only a single.
A history of women in japanese buddhism: nichiren’s perspectives on the enlightenment of women toshie kurihara some 30 percent—were known to have been given to women, against 32 to men kuwana believes this breakdown provides evidence that than the karmic impediment of one single woman” the passage in the nirvana sutra cited. Buddhist women, including nuns, have faced harsh discrimination by buddhist institutions in asia for centuries there is gender inequality in most of the world's religions, of course, but that's no excuse.