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'#Women in #Buddhism'
Kajiyama Yuichi , The Eastern Buddhist
Rita M. Gross, The Suffering of Sexism: Buddhist Perspectives and Experiences
BERNARD FAURE, The power of Denial

During the days of Buddha, men and women equally attained arhatship. However, during the development of Buddhist order into 20 schools-Hinayana Buddhism, it was believed that a woman is unable to become Buddha.
Ltr,Mahayana tried to emancipate women by introducing Shunyta.
There is a famous story of daughter of Sagara from Lotus Sutra. Sariputra tells his daughter, that a woman cannot realise 5 kind of status eg Brahma, Indra, 4 Guardian Gods, Universal Monarch and Bodhisattva
Another story of Gangadevi is famous for she has to take several ..

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Today on Vaishakhi Purnima Bhagavan Gautam Buddha/Siddharth born to king Shuddhodhan & queen Mayadevi at Lumbini in Nepal in year 623 B.C.
बुद्धं शरणं गच्छामि।
धर्मं शरणं गच्छामि।
संघं शरणं गच्छामि।
I take refuge in the Buddha.
I take refuge in the Dharma.
I take refuge in the Sangha.
- Buddhism Mantra
142 years old photo of 5th century rock excavated Buddhist cave monastery at Ghatochtacha near Ajanta caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra was taken by ASI in 1880 AD. Photo shows figure of Buddha carved over doorways of the cave.
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For Mother's Day, I'd like to introduce you to two very important women in Buddhism: Queen Māyā (the Buddha's mother) and Gotami (the Buddha's stepmother).

Both were crucial for Buddhism to exist as we know it today.…

#Buddhism #MothersDay
Queen Māyā had a vision one night of a white elephant with long tusks entering her side. She was then pregnant with Siddhārtha - the future Buddha.

White elephants are symbolic of Bodhisattvas, and this was the Buddha-to-be who had been residing in Tuṣita heaven. Photo of Maya and the elephant.  By Anandajoti Bhikkhu on Fl
Before Siddhārtha was to be born, she left for her native home to give birth. During this journey, she gave birth to him. Unfortunately, she passed away just a few days later.
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Ishavasya Upanishad - Verse 2

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेच्छतं समाः ।
एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे

kurvanneveha karmani jijīvishecchatam samah
evam tvayi nanyathetosti na karma lipyate nare


#Upanishads #Isha #Spirituality #Philosophy
Interpretation from Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's book "The Principal Upanishads" - Verse-1 of Ishavasya Upanishad calls upon us to win inner freedom through renunciation. Verse-2 is addressed to those who seek salvation but cannot renounce the world


#Upanishads #Isha
This verse tells us that we should wish to live 100 years (representative max age of human being) by always performing actions. And this is the only way the karma (actions and their consequences) don't cling to us.

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You are not a bad person if you connect more easily with the victims of the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine than you have with with other tragedies in other places where people are less like you.

Rather, this is an opportunity to improve your compassion.

Connecting more easily with people who are superficially or otherwise similar to you is natural, no matter who you are. This is simply the way humans work, and you needn't feel ashamed that you work this way too.

Now that you see this, what matters is what you do next.

Think how the scenes unfolding in Ukraine make you feel.

Think how it would feel to be a human in the midst of such loss.

Then think of tragedies in other places that felt too alien and unfamiliar to identify with, and realize these situations are more alike than different.

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Some books change your entire perspective and give you a new leash on life.

There are several books that have done that for me, but none have had as profound of an impact as #WhyBuddhismIsTrue by @robertwrighter

Below are the 13 best lessons I learned from this book 👇🏼🧵
1. Natural selection did not design your mind to see the world clearly. It designed your mind to have perceptions and beliefs that would help take care of your genes.
2. Natural selection (like the robot overlords from the matrix) engineered the delusions that control us and built them into our brains. Natural selection perpetrated the delusion in order to get us to adhere to its agenda - the agenda being to get genes into the next generation.
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#Tokens & #Belongingness
For the past month, I have been diving into #DAOs and crypto tokens and I wanted to share some thoughts and elicit responses from other #crypto-enthusiasts.
If you haven't heard of #DAO before, think of it as an online community run on top of Web3/Blockchain infrastructure. Typically a DAO has intentional governance protocols and a crypto token to facilitate inter- and intra- community economy.
My biggest takeaway was to think of a crypto token as a fluid representation for "#belongingness" to a #community.
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The original Buddha statues of Bamiyan were described by Chinese traveler Xuanzhang in 643 AD as having “a dazzling golden color and adorned with brilliant gems.” They were located in "the most beautiful valley in the world" in Central Afghanistan. 1/3

#AfghanArt #Buddhism
Xuanzhang wrote in 643 AD that Bamiyan was flourishing "with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks". The centre of Buddhism continued to prosper for more than 300 years after Islam was introduced to Afghanistan. 2/3

#Bamiyan #AfghanHistory
As the Afghan Buddhist community reduced in Afghanistan - not by the sword, but slowly over many centuries - the Buddha statues were naturally less maintained. For the past few centuries only the main frame of the statues survived. 3/3

#Afghanistan #IslamicHistory #Buddha
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🧵Four by @ChawlaSwati

1/ 🚨🚨Who is a #Tibetan?🚨🚨

❓Where is #Tibet?
❓Are all Tibetans #Buddhist?
❓Do all of them revere @DalaiLama?
❓Are there Tibetans (other than #exiled pop"n) outside Tibet?
❓Do all #Tibetans identify as... erm ..Tibetan?

2/ The 11th Zurmang Trungpa (1939-87) said #Tibetan 'insiders' (ནང་པ་) share these common features:

☑️speaking some variant of Tibetan lang
☑️following #Buddhist faith
☑️eating tsampa (roasted barley flour)

Who was he?…

A handy definition, but...

3/ Let's tackle the big one first: #Tibet has long been identified as a pristine Buddhist #Shangrila.

❌Not Tibetans are Buddhist.

❌Not all Tibetan Buddhists revere the @DalaiLama in the same way.

See #himalayanhistories 🧵on #Shangrila:

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🧵Three by @ChawlaSwati

1/ On Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Exile:

#OnThisDay @DalaiLama was awarded #NobelPeacePrize, the only #Buddhist religious leader thus honored (#MLK nominated @thichnhathanh in '67).

Many associate #Tibet w/ him+ other monks in red robes--

What about nuns? Celebrations at Majnu Ka Ti...
2/ "Some feminists from the West cud accuse me by saying, ‘The #DalaiLama is the authority but he doesn’t help the nuns.’"

Yes, @DalaiLama has often faced the accusation that the #TibetanBuddhist tradition doesn't give nuns the same rights as monks.…

3/ 🚨🚨🚨 Of the 8 reps of #TibetanBuddhism in the current Parliament in Exile– two each from Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyigma sects– **all** are monks; so are the two members from pre-Buddhist Bon religion.

(Though ~1/3 of MPs from provinces U-Tsang, Dhotoe+ Dhomey are women.)

~SC Image
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🧵 What happened to #Amdo region of Tibet during its early phase of “liberation” by the #PRC?
How did the collapse of #Qing dynasty transform the legacy of #Buddhist tradition in #Mongolia?
What did they have in common?
1/ To answer these questions, this thread uses @BennoWeiner's THE CHINESE REVOLUTION ON THE TIBETAN FRONTIER and Matt King's OCEAN OF MILK, OCEAN OF BLOOD to analyze their key ideas and significance.
@DavidGAtwill @prchistory @PSUHistory @NewBooksEAsia
2/ With #CentralTibet & #Lhasa at the core of most mainstream Anglophone works of modern Tibetan history, #Amdo’s role is often overlooked & underemphasized. Weiner’s book is a long-overdue scholarship that amplifies the role of #Amdo
@CornellPress @CMUHistory @eandreweditor
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On Monday 22 November, UK Parliament will finally debate the motion ‘We demand that the Gurkhas receive equal pensions’ at 6PM. To mark this historic moment, former hunger strikers, Gurkha veterans, and supporters will be present outside Parliament from 4PM.
We thank and honour all who supported us and helped sign the petition to bring the debate to Parliament. We thank the family of veterans and the British public. #powerofprotest #UK
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🧵(@manijadegarcia) Whew, responding to the twitter chat from yesterday stirred up a lot for me. After a break I will return to discuss some ideas for survival, stress management, joy & healing. I used the acronym ACCESS to organize the ideas.

#DEHEM21 #TainoSalud

1/ Light blue background. Image on top left of a dandelion with
(@manijadegarcia) #Acceptance is a key feature of many eastern belief systems (e.g. #Buddhism & #YogaPhilosophy) & shows up in some Western therapies (e.g. #mindfulness #ACT & #RadicalAcceptance in #DBT).

Acceptance has many layers that apply to #MentalHealth & #Disability

(@manijadegarcia) Important point: #acceptance does NOT mean to agree with or like something. It's about doing your best to accept the REALITY of something, including the emotions it may stir.

Acceptance may not always feel good, but I have found it to be good for me.

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This is a Buddhist image. It might not look that way to you at first. Can you guess how it is Buddhist?
@BodiesBuddhist #BuddhistStudies #gender #ritual #amrel #visualculture #Buddhism Florence Fujino is crowned Miss Bussei 1966 by Lynn Nakamura
It doesn't LOOK Buddhist according to how we imagine Buddhist images should look. They should depict placid buddhas, wise monks, or dazzling mandalas.
But Buddhistness arises not from inherent properties in images themselves--it arises from use and context. What was the context and purpose of this image, therefore?
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@LionsRoar editor @MelvinMcLeodSun, in an otherwise moving editorial, commits serious Pure Land Erasure: he mislables the famous #haiku master Issa as a "Zen master."

Issa, as is well known, was a Jodo Shinshu monk. #AAPI #BuddhistStudies #Buddhism…
McLeod is actually getting his misinformation from Zen teacher @John_Tarrant, who in the same issue mislables Issa as a "Zen poet."

Which points to the larger nature of the issue.…
What we have here is a serious problem. It's not just about a leading Buddhist magazine completely mislabeling one of the most famous historical Buddhists.

It's an indicator of the Pure Land Deficiency Syndrome that plagues @LionsRoar @tricyclemag @buddhadharma and their ilk.
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Techno Pure Land Buddhism!

Jodo Shinshu monk @gyosen_asakura Asakura Gyosen offers memorial services based on techno music, EDM lighting, and CGI. Here's an English-language video for context:
These services are hoyos (memorials)--the most frequent and thus central form of Jodo Shinshu temple practice. But they're not mere morbid death-oriented services. They are moments of encounter with the Great Compassion of Amida Buddha and the sensual liberation of the Pure Land.
The styles of the services vary, as Rev. Asakura plays with the format and explores the outer boundaries of Pure Land service possibility. For instance, a 2016 Techno Hoyo is fairly sedate:
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This is a Buddhist object. It might not look that way to you at first. Can you guess how it is Buddhist? Twenty panels of fabric, with various floral designs, arrang
It doesn't LOOK Buddhist according to how we imagine Buddhist things should look. They should show some Asian aesthetic, such as Tibetan art styles. They should depict grand buddhas or wise monks, or be tools for meditation or mantra practice. They should be traditional (ancient)
But Buddhistness arises not from inherent properties in things themselves--it arises from use and context. What was the context and purpose of this object, therefore?
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#GaneshChaturthi2021 @LevinaNeythiri @changu311 @jkd18

-Lord Ganesha is not just loved in #Hinduism but #Buddhism & #Jainism too
-In addition to #India #Ganesha is revered in many SE Asian countries
-World’s tallest (90ft) Ganesh near Kolhapur, Maharashtra Traveltwosome
-#Ganesh in #Indonesia
-#Javanese manuscript known as Smaradahana narrates Ganesha’s birth
-Ceremony ‘Rishigana’ is performed to appease Ganesha
-During economic meltdown of 90s Lord Ganesha appeared on #Indonesian currency notes
-Ganesha in #Cambodia
-Lord Ganesha is known as Prah Kenes
-Many temples & manuscripts dedicated till 13th century
-Ganesha images in Cambodia are mostly two-armed
-In 1 description he appears with Lord #Shiva as his attendant & called Shri Vinayaka
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"Going Phase and Returning Phase" by Rev. Kenryu Tsuji, the former bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America. This excerpted essay (published in various forms, including in "Turning Wheel") is from "The Wheel of Dharma" Dec 1996 #engagedbuddhism #Ecology #Buddhism #jodoshinshu
Tsuji describes the key Jodo Shinshu Buddhist doctrine of oso eko/genso eko. These indicate the going phase (moving toward buddhahood through the Pure Land way) and returning phase (moving toward suffering beings to share the liberation from suffering one has received).
"Death is neither the end of life nor the termination of life's activity. Waters of the river flow onward to reach the wide expanse of the sea. In time, the water evaporates and becomes clouds.
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"My Socialism: Labor Day Notes on Jodo Shinshu Martyr Takagi Kenmyo"

Takagi Kenmyo's Pure Land conscience was activated when he became Josenji's head monk in 1899, coming into contact with the social and economic suffering of the many burakumin (outcastes) in his congregation. Jodo Shinshu Buddhist monk Takagi Kenmyo wears robes as he s
He campaigned against the oppression of burakumin, women, and the poor, and advocated pacifism rather than the rising imperialist militarism of Japan. In 1910 he was jailed on trumped-up charges and sentenced to death (commuted to life imprisonment). He died in jail in 1914.
The Higashi Otanji branch of Jodo Shinshu, which had experienced over four decades of intense government pressure, abandoned him, but some of his work was preserved and in the post-war period he became an important figure. The denomination restored his status in 1996.
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Rev. Gregory Gibbs: "There are two things that anyone must do to be at home in the world. The one thing we must do to have peace in our lives is to change our attitudes toward the world. We must soften our tone, deflate pretentions, set more realistic goals for ourselves."
"The other thing that we must do, in order to be at home in the world, is to act to change the world. We must act to change the world so that it comes to accord more closely with the most positive values and aspirations we have developed as Buddhists."
"At a minimum, we must speak out in defense of the
bullied, oppressed and marginalized. We must oppose
tyrants, tyrannical ideas, and garden variety bullies. We must decry blocks to freedom of all sorts."
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How Bharat🇮🇳 can lead the world to solve climate crisis

The primary dharma in #Hinduism #Jainism & #Buddhism is ahiṃsā for innocent beings.
& they follow veg diet.
-The idea that human being don’t kill any life-forms for FOOD.

You cant be a non-vegan Environmentalist.
In this #Thread

We're going to talk about a really INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

If you care about
Climate change
World Hunger
Global warming
Water waste
Effect on wildfire
Rain forests
& virtually every other environmental ill.



Climate change

- Number 1 leading cause of #ClimateCrisis and #GlobalWarming is MEAT industry.

- Then doesn't that need to be number 1 focus?

- MEAT industry is the leading cause of deforestation,water consumption & pollution.
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ICYMI here's a 🧵of titles on our Summer #TibetReadingList which we published last week - you can see the whole list on our website too!… Image
First in our broadly categorised #Buddhism section on #TibetReadingList is "Under the Shadow of White Tara: #Buriat Buddhists in Imperial #Russia" by Nikolay Tsyrempilov published in May 2021 by the @FSchoeningh Publishing House.

Available on Amazon here: Image
Published by @OxUniPress in April 2021, “The Dalai Lama and the #Nechung Oracle” by Christopher Bell offers the most sustained discussion and history of the Nechung Oracle to date #TibetReadingList

Available on Bookshop here:… Image
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My wishes to those observing #BuddhaPurnima today, which marks the birth of the #Buddha in the 6th century BC.

#Buddhism once wielded significant influence across India. This #thread explores some of the reasons for the #DeclineOfBuddhism in India, and its attempts at a revival.
#Buddhism grew out of a reformist urge to radically reinvent Brahmanical-Hinduism, and reached the peak of its influence under the Mauryan Empire (323 BC-185 BC).
The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, embraced Buddhism as his personal faith, almost 300 years after the birth of the #Buddha.
The Shunga Dynasty (185 BC-73 BC) that succeeded the Mauryans sought to displace their influence. #Buddhism came under severe stress, particularly under the first Shunga monarch Pushyamitra.
Though certainly exaggerated, Buddhist accounts describe mass slaughters and persecution.
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