The practice of love, says bell hooks, is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.
In Buddhism, compassion is embodied in the bodhisattva Kuan Yin, who is said to manifest wherever beings need help.
Now more than ever, says Buddhist teacher Pamela Weiss, we need to do away with patriarchal values and reweave women’s voices into the torn fabric of our world. As the Buddha did in the face of Mara, we need to reach down and touch the earth.
For International Women’s Day, here’s a collection of our best teachings from, profiles on, and conversations with women in Buddhism.
A panel of women teachers from different Buddhist traditions share their insights into being a female teacher and leader in today’s world.
Freda Bedi was an early champion of women’s rights, a Gandhian revolutionary, and a major force in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West.
Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo calls for an end to the inferior status of Buddhist nuns, and of Buddhist women generally.
Buddhist teacher Trudy Goodman looks at the history and harm of sexual misconduct by Buddhist teachers, and what we can do to stop it.
Buddhist scholar Stephanie Balkwill examines the historical arguments around the question: “Can women attain buddhahood in a female form?”
In our Weekend Reader newsletter, Buddhadharma deputy editor Koun Franz says it’s time to see how big the dharma can really be.