The Role Of Women In Buddhism

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On the other side Buddhism does not restrict the religious freedom of women. Buddha acknowledged that women are capable of realizing the Truth like men. However he was not in favor of the admission of women into monastic organization. He thought their admission would make problems in the sangha. Buddha allowed the admission of women into the order after the repeating request of Ananda and the Buddhist order of Nuns began with Mahaprajapati, Buddha’s aunt and step mother. He said clearly that allowing women into the sangha would cause his teachings to survive only half as long – 500 years instead of 1000. The order of women existed and flourished for many centuries in India and later spread throughout southern, south east, central and East

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