Friday, March 8, 2013

How Women are Remaking Buddhism


Writing in the Washington Post's On Faith Section as part of the International Women's Day series in collaboration with Tony Blair's Face to Faith Foundation, Joan Halifax, writes about the improving role of women in Buddhism. She says that Buddhists are reexamining patriarchal rules first developed by the Buddha himself, "with the intent to honor the equal rights and capacity for awakening of both men and women." She further suggests that  Buddhism is making "dramatic and positive changes" in the roles of women in the religion, especially in the Untied States, where she see more female roshis (Zen masters) in the US than in Japan.

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