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Volume 4 Issue 8
August-2017
eISSN: 2349-5162

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JETIR1708048

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287-293

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BUDDHISM AND WOMEN-THE DHAMMA HAS NO GENDER

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2349-5162

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"BUDDHISM AND WOMEN-THE DHAMMA HAS NO GENDER", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.4, Issue 8, page no.287-293, August-2017, Available :http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1708048.pdf

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The increasing influence and relevance of Buddhism in a global society have given rise to a vibrant and evolving movement, particularly in the West, loosely called Socially Engaged Buddhism. Today many look to Buddhism for an answer to one of the mostcrucial issues of all time eradicating discrimination against women. There isgeneral agreement that Buddhism does not have a reformist agenda or an explicit feminist theory. This paper explores this issue from a Theravada Buddhistperspective using the scriptures as well as recent work by, conceding that there are deep seated patriarchal and even misogynistic elements reflected in the ambivalence towards women in the Pali Canon and bias in the socio-cultural andinstitutionalized practices that persist to date in Theravada Buddhist countries. However, Buddha’s acceptance of a female monastic order and above all his unequivocal affirmation of their equality in intellectual and spiritual abilities in achieving the highest goals clearly establish a positive stance. This paper. also contends that while social and legal reforms are essential, it is meditation that ultimately uproots the innateconditioning of both the oppressors and the oppressed as the Dhamma at its pristine and transformative core is genderless.

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Buddhism, women in religion, religious discrimination, meditation

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"BUDDHISM AND WOMEN-THE DHAMMA HAS NO GENDER", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.4, Issue 8, page no. pp287-293, August-2017, Available at : http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1708048.pdf

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Published Paper ID: JETIR1708048
Registration ID: 180938
Published In: Volume 4 | Issue 8 | Year August-2017
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Page No: 287-293
ISSN Number: 2349-5162

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"BUDDHISM AND WOMEN-THE DHAMMA HAS NO GENDER", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.4, Issue 8, page no. pp287-293, August-2017, Available at : http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1708048.pdf




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