The Impact Of Buddhism On Women And Our Advancement

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When I primarily began this essay, I was oblivious to how significant of an impact Buddhism has had on women and our advancement as a gender, specifically in religion. Upon further exploration of women in the Buddhism religion, it was quite obvious that the religion is practiced very differently from society to society, but at the end of it all, there is no denying the implication Buddhism has had on females and our spiritual roles. By contrast to bigoted practices that impede spiritual development, Buddhism can be claimed to be the least discriminatory towards women. My goal of this paper is to illustrate how the Buddhism religion has altered the female role in religion, yet still maintains bigoted stereotypes, within very many different societies and communities.
Women have been a part of Buddhism since it began in Northeast India in 6th century BC, by a man named Gautama Buddha. The religion of Buddhism does not involve any theistic world-view, therefore Buddha was not a god. The teachings of Buddha are designed exclusively to liberate emotional beings from misery. There is no doubt that Buddha was the first religious leader to give women equal opportunities in the field of spiritual development. Looking back to the very beginning of the religion, many of Buddha’s wisest and most capable disciples were laywomen and nuns.
Originally, Buddha had expelled women from monastic practice, but eventually overturned his decision, therefore permitting them to practice in
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