A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Who needs the battle of the sexes?

Some religions blame women or claim they are inferior to men. Buddha elevated them to positions of equality as evidenced by the testimonies of the nuns during his time. They are not blamed with causing a deity to separate man from access to a perfect life. Nor are they responsible for everything that is unclean. Some say that Buddha also criticized women on several occasions by pointing out their weaknesses. He pointed out the differences between men and women that nature exhibits. Just as the Chinese symbol for Yin and Yang is in balance; so is the division of qualities between men and women. Where one sex has strength the other yields, each according to its nature. Either one without the other is not in balance, which is why although equal they are not identical. The peace and harmony in any home is determined by the wife, through her inner strength, not by the husband laying down rules. Buddha exhorted women to be calm, cool and compassionate. She needs to not just be a wife, but her husband’s best friend and most trusted advisor.

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