Singhashri – Misogyny and the Potential of Women in Buddhism

Singhashri gives a talk for International Women’s Day 2015 at the Manchester Buddhist Centre.

Question to the Dalai Lama: What is the most important meditation we can do?
The most important meditation that we can do now, he said, is critical thinking followed by action, discern what your world is, know the scenario of this human drama, and then figure out where your talents might fit in to make a better world.

What I love about Singharshri’s talk is that she openly and boldly states her disagreement with Bhante Sagharakshita’s earlier views on women (which have since changed). This is a healthy community–one in which the members are free to disagree with one another, and even to openly disagree with their teacher. It’s that kind of freedom and openness that I am looking for.

Taravandana – Bringing Out the Best in Us – Friendship in the Spiritual Life

At this same conference, Taravandana gives a workshop on friendship (a talk with pauses for discusssion) for International Women’s Day 2015 at the Manchester Buddhist Centre.

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2 thoughts on “Singhashri – Misogyny and the Potential of Women in Buddhism

  1. Hi, good to see you promoting our Women’s Day talks. Thank you. Not sure if you saw my intro and talk which preceded the two above. Here’s the link in case you want it. Metta, Munisha

  2. To Singhashri’s talk, I think it’s only fair to add that Sangharakshita has supported women’s spiritual practice all his life, instituting equal ordination for women right from the start of the FWBO/Triratna in 1968.

    He has never, to my knowledge, said that women were less likely to develop spiritually than men. He has always insisted on women’s equal potential for Enlightenment, saying only that he had “come to the tentative conclusion that women seemed to be somewhat at a disadvantage, at least at the start of their spiritual lives”, by which he explained later, to me, that he meant they found it harder than men to dive in and commit themselves after attending beginner’s classes.

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