Buddhist Lives

First Year Seminar Fall 2015

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  1. The most interesting part of todays reading was Chapter 19, Opening the Door. Although the reasons where explained, the eight rules placed on bhikkhunis seemed unfair and out of character for the Buddha. These rules seemed strange and revealed a lot about the discrimination against women in that time period. I found it strange that the Buddha was willing to take the public’s backlash of accepting untouchables and even a former murder into the Sangha without any compromising rules, but not women.
    The repeating element in the book is the Buddha’s wisdom and quest to help all people become free from suffering and follow the path of liberation. This is why the eight rules he placed on women did not fit into these binaries.

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