Buddhism is considered as one of the leading religions throughout the world today. In order for a

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Buddhism is considered as one of the leading religions throughout the world today. In order for a Buddhist to follow the religion, there are certain set of guidelines that one has to follow to gain a better life, but most people have other factors that they have to face along this path. The story, “The Journey of One Buddhist Nun” by Sid Brown, is an account of a Thai woman, Maechi Wabi, who entered a spiritual life along with life struggles and outside influences. According to Brown, Wabi faced many challenges along the way to liberation and two challenges she faced most are the gender and socioeconomic issues which she overcame during her spiritual journey. Siddhartha Gautama had a luxurious lifestyle provided by his father in the palace…show more content…
In early Buddhist traditions, men and women had no equal opportunities for the spiritual journey. Mostly the renounced women are under the monks and had to do their duties and obey their rules. “Maechi Wabi’s difficulties when she simply wanted to go forth as a maechi make perfect sense as one of the results of the ongoing problems related to Buddhism which, like most of the world’s religions, has deeply ingrained patterns of sexism that daily affect the religious lives of both women and men. Thai women seeking to focus their lives on religion are in an entirely different situation than Thai men seeking to do the same” (Brown, 24). The author points out that the women in Thailand face such difficulties like no free education when following a spiritual journey whereas men are encouraged to take the path by providing them with services like a place to live and free education, and also one is considered as a reputed person in the society. The author accounts that less girls or women take the extra mile along the spiritual journey when compared to men and the women who do gain little or no family support and recognition (Brown, 25). Also Brown states that the maechi have no advantage over many opportunities and services such as no free medical treatments or cheap rates, no free bus rides and no reserved seats, and in the case of work, no excuses for absences. This shows the true sexism that was there in

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