Today is International Women’s Day. Marked annually since 1911, it’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
This year’s theme is ‘Embrace Equity.’ Equity is not the same as equality. Both are important, but they are very different. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognises that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the...
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Triratna Women project are launching their own space on The Buddhist Centre Online! This project has been a number of years in the planning so it is very exciting that it is finally out there.
It started as a direct response to the deaths of Vajragita in 2014 and Anjali in 2015. Danasamudra, one of the project coordinators, had been aware for some time of the need to record the experience of women in Triratna, especially those...
Samachitta, until recently Chair of Triratna’s Birmingham Buddhist Centre, spoke at an International Women’s Day interfaith event at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) on 10th March 2016.
Here’s the text of her talk, ‘Women who have inspired me’ in which she talks about the Buddha’s aunt Mahaprajapati, Dipa Ma and Triratna’s own Maitrisara, Birmingham’s mitra convenor for women - whose picture currently appears next to a Triratna kesa in BMAG’s exhibition ‘Faith in Birmingham’.
From Clear Vision, Taravandana’s workshop ‘Bringing Out the Best in Us - Friendship in the Spiritual Life’, given to mark International Women’s Day in March 2015; the second of three public presentations given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for IWD.
This 16-minute video represents a longer workshop consisting of a talk with breaks for discussion.
Singhashri gives a talk on the potential of women in Buddhism, and how our practice can help us move from anger to clarity in response to misogyny and sexism. Talk given for International Women’s Day, Manchester Buddhist Centre, 7th March 2015.
Please watch also the introductory talk Munisha gave first in the same series of talks, What is a Woman?
Although Singhashri says that Sangharakshita has suggested that women “are less likely to develop spiritually than men”, she acknowledges that he has never said precisely...