Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Women and the Buddha

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Women and the Buddha
The Maya Devi Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Lumbini. There is the "sacred tree", where Buddha's mother, Queen Maya Devi, then supported the birth of her son. The mother of Buddha, Maya Devi died seven days after giving birth. She had had a pregnancy ten lunar months, during which not only did not experience discomfort of any kind, but enjoyed great comfort and lightness. During that period, only he had to lay hands on the sick to heal them. The conception of the Buddha, he fell through a dream or vision: An  elephant white with six tusks and red head, coming into her belly gently on the right flank.

There are some who attributed his early death at a puerperal fever and there who estimates that after giving birth to Buddha, had lost sense its existence, it could never aspire to nobler than that mission. The prince spent his first seven years in charge of his maternal aunt and her father 's second wife, Mahaprajapati, known as "The Great Wisdom". At sixteen he married Princess Yashodama, his cousin, with whom he had a son. He left when he decided to follow both religious life and years later, when he returned to visit, Yashodama showed his annoyance at first instance and then decided to follow his example and become a nun.

Buddha did not accept in principle the claims of Yashodama. Gautama recommended not to look at women and, if there was no other choice, look at them as mothers, daughters or sisters in order to eliminate one of the most powerful sources of desire. However, as the separations of caste discrimination of women he clashed with his teachings. According to these, every human being regardless of karma drag -born men or women, warriors or untouchables, handsome or ugly, healthy or misshapen under previous- accumulated in our lives karma, carries the seed of liberation.

It took a few years to accept that his aunt and his wife Yashodoma Mahaprajapati from entering the Order, resistance can be interpreted as the result of his own doubts and convictions, or by cultural milieu in which he lived, radically hostile to such equivalence. The fact is that it allowed, and Buddhism is the only major religion that accepts equality of the sexes; although, for obvious reasons, do not mix in community life.

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