Gender Equality in Buddhism

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Peter Lang, 2001 - Religion - 215 pages
It was epoch making when Buddhism declared men and women equal in India where women traditionally were regarded as inferior to men. After the death of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, Buddhist monks, called Hinayana Buddhists, became conservative and authoritarian and began to make light of women as well as lay believers. While the Hinayana Buddhists discriminated against women, the Mahayana Buddhists tried to improve women's positions in society through their «Renaissance of Buddhism». Masatoshi Ueki discusses Nichiren's impartial view of women and insists that the male and female principles are indispensable for the perfection of personality.

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About the author (2001)

The Author: Masatoshi Ueki received his M.A. in physics from the University of Kyushu in Japan. He simultaneously studied Indian Buddhist thought and Sanskrit under Dr. Hajime Nakamura, Professor Emeritus of University of Tokyo, at the Eastern Institute. He is a member of the Japan P.E.N. Club and the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies. He won the Oriental Philosophy Culture Prize. He has also written A Study on Sanju-Hiden-sho - Quest for Buddhist Humanism; The Spirit of Dialogue in Buddhism; and Mother Teresa and the Spirit of Bodhisattva.

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