Some notes on the role of women in Early Buddhism
Keywords:Early Buddhism, saṃgha, bhikkhunī, laywomen, Gandhāra
This note analyses, with selected examples, the role of women in ancient Buddhist literature and epigraphy, with a brief focus on the comparison of their role in two macro-regions of the ancient Buddhist ecumene: Gandhāra and Central India. Furthermore, the note briefly discusses the link between desire and gender, finally considering the emphasis on gender as an obstacle towards enlightenment rather than a help.
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