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CPWR Monterrey,Mexico Print E-mail

Sept 21-24,2007
Theme “With All Respect, In Every Respect”

Introduction
My dear friends, children of the Mother Earth.  By addressing you like this I avoid falling into the trap of  gender bias, I do not have to worry whether I should address you beginning first with ladies or gentlemen. So I begin my presentation with gender free attitude with all respect and in Every respect.

I am addressing you, members of the church, some with hierarchy some without hierarchy, I choose to address your basic and not your frills. Because when we get caught in the frills that we fall into the trap of distinction which separates rather than unite.

I am addressing your Highness and your Holiness also from your basic quality, same like all of us….children of Mother Earth. By this mere consciousness of addressing the basic, we are brought into this one unity of humankind free from race, creed, caste, class, and gender distinction and bias.

Now  we have been equalized and we can have a conversation, hope that it is an enjoyable one.

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Recommended Article Print E-mail

for Young People 

Have you ever wondered why, even though the Lord Buddha stated the Buddhist community should have four ranks: Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Upasakas, and Upasikas, BUT Thailand has no Bhikkhunis?

Fund out the truth through this article :
Where are all women?
page 1, page 2   

source : NJ Magazine (the Nation Junior), September 2007


A brief history of Sanghamitta

Princess Sanghamitta is a duagther of King Asoka (3rd Century B.C.) and later on became Bhikkhuni. She also established the bhikkhuni sangha in Sri lanka. You can know more about Sanghamitta thorugh this article.

 

 
How did Maha Pajapati look like? Print E-mail

      It is the same question as how did the Buddha look like? Well, during the Buddha’s time, 6th Century B.C. there was no way to copy his liking. More over the making of Buddha images and statues did not come into existence until 500 years (1st Century B.C.E.) after the great passing away of the Buddha after Milinda, the Greek king became Buddhist.

 

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Thai monks blocking ordination of women Print E-mail

by SANITSUDA EKACHAI, the Bangkok Post
August 9, 2007

Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka has stepped forward. Tibetan Buddhism is ready to take the plunge. But our Thai Buddhist clergy still prefer to live in the Dark Ages when it comes to female ordination.
 


Ask our monks why, and they will come up with excuses we have all heard too many times before. It is simply technically impossible to ordain women as female monks or Bhikkhunis in Theravada tradition, they will insist.
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These few BROWN ROBES Print E-mail

by Sopaporn Kurz , the Nation 
September 1, 2007

In reviving the tradition of female monks in Thailand, Dhammananda Bhikkhuni believes she has fulfilled the Buddha's wish that we all do something meaningful
Published on September 1, 2007


At the end of June, Thailand's Theravada Buddhists had among them seven bhikkhuni - female monks - and fewer than 20 samaneri, as the female novices are called. The numbers might seem skewed in a country of 65 million people.

But given that there were none when the new millennium began, perhaps the numbers are impressive.

Former Thammasat University professor Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, who is now the Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, brought about the change after being ordained in Sri Lanka in 2001.

Thailand's Sangha council - the monkhood's governing body - has refused to recognise her ordination, however, saying that the lineage of female monks has been broken for more than a thousand years and that as there are no longer any bhikkhuni in Theravada Buddhism, there cannot be a valid bhikkhuni ordination.

Despite the closed doors, Dhammananda has witnessed growing public support for her initiative.

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