While it’s not exactly new news, it was news to me: several friends on social media (including Joan Halifax Roshi) shared the following this week: the short documentary The Buddha’s Forgotten Nuns is now available to watch (for $3.99) on Vimeo On Demand.
The film is described this way:
Wiriya was raised a Buddhist, but like many women who wish to advance in their practice, she came up against walls of sexism within the traditional Theravada order.
Is Buddhism a religious movement based on equality? Or is it rooted in a male dominated culture found in most other world religions? The Buddha himself invited women to join his group of disciples and allowed women to be ordained alongside men some 2500 years ago. What happened?