Women In Buddhism

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American women exercise buddha tradition daily in their life. Some women become buddhist monks (bhikshunis), shaving off their hair and wearing orange clothing, or a certified teacher in the communities. In the late 1900s, members were made up of more women than men. They also obtained dharma transmission, a tradition where it is passed down by family in order to become a teacher in the centers. Many religion sees women as a wife who cleans and cook for the family. Never to have a woman become something more. Buddhism see both genders, male and female equal. No one is higher than the other and should have more power. Throughout the years, women’s role in Buddhism has evolved over time. Lots of American Women have proven their leadership to the world. There are different ways women practice Buddhism. Before sleeping, they read their Dharma book which is always by their bed, this is the “night stand Buddhist.” The person has to read ten pages of the Dharma book, so that it can improve their understanding and teaching of Buddhism. Many other women Buddhist go to retreats and meditate to calm their mind and body. A scholar named Rita Gross had said that American women started getting interested in Buddhism because of the foundation of ideas, there were no sexism and everything was equal between men and women. Gross also said that women and Buddhism go hand in hand, Buddhism wasn’t just for males, but for females too. When they studied the scripture more they have found that “traditional texts revealed misogynistic passages as well as a strong overall tendency to favor men over women in matters of study and practice…[Women] were told that the dharma is beyond gender and that women were being overly sensitive and divisive when they... ... middle of paper ... ...mistreated when it came to power in the religion. Loundon wrote the book, The Buddha’s Apprentice, have some stories of older Buddhist women and their views on Buddhist traditions. American women has evolved Buddhism ever since it came to America. Women like Ruth Fuller, Sharon Kornfield, Jan Willis, and Abbess Khenmo Drolmo helped many young women Buddhist with retreats, teaching and becoming Buddhist monks. Many of them are obtaining Dharma. Long time ago in India, women were just known to be housewives and never to be monks. Both genders are equal to each other, no male is better than females. Now, American women have opened centers for retreats and creating new meditation style. These women fell in love with Buddhism and have traveled to the Asian continent to understand it better. Encouraging young Buddhist to become leaders and taking control of their body.
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