A collection of stories.
Discourses of the Ancient Nuns.
An account of some famous women who figure promi- nently in the early Buddhist texts is given. Women were not a negligible factor in the ancient Buddhist community of India.
A comprehensive collection of links and resources on contemporary Buddhist women, including: teachers, activists, scholars, nuns, lay practitioners, teachings, special events, projects, organisations, bibliographic and contact information.
The spirit of essential Mahayana Buddhist doctrines assumes equality between male and female, although in the mundane world the position of Buddhist women is lower than that of Buddhist men. The Chinese Ch'an Buddhist tradition, following the egalitarian teaching of One-Mind of enlightenment, advocates non-discriminating, universal Buddhahood accessible to every sentient being, whether male or female. Nevertheless, women's status and spiritual capacities have not been upheld as highly in Buddhist history as they have by the Chinese Ch'an School.
According to the teachings of the Buddha, there exists no practical difference between the sexes. Man and woman are equal in their dependence upon each other and in their clinging which must be overcome (Angutara-Nikaya I,1). Man and woman are equal in the rights and duties of their partnership, as the Buddha described it for lay followers in the famous sermon to Singalako (Digha-nikayaNo.31). In particular, adultery is as unwholesome for men as it is for women. The third precept (sila) is the same whether one is a man or a women. By Dr. Hellmuth Hecker.
Covers: "The Pre-Buddhist Position of Women", "Women and the Buddha's Path", "The Secular Position of Women", "The Order of Bhikkhunis" and "Role of Women in Early Buddhism".
This is a web site dedicated to feminist interpretations of Buddhist philosophy and practice. Includes articles, essays and a bibliography.
Articles and links to other pages about female Buddhists and Buddhism from the female perspective.