• Dalai Lama Says If Successor Is Female, She Must Be Very Attractive Paid Member

    In a recent interview with the BBC, the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, expresses some controversial ideas about female leadership and the gender's innate inclination toward compassion. (Jezebel was right on it right away.) At around the 4:50 mark in the video (below), when journalist Clive Myrie asks whether the Dalai Lama's 15th reincarnation could be a woman, he responds with an enthusiastic "Yes!" explaining that females "biologically [have] more potential to show affection . . . and compassion." But he soon qualifies his endorsement, saying, "If female Dalai Lama come, the face must be very very . . . should be very attractive." More »
  • Gender Inequality in Buddhism Paid Member

    In Week 1 of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's ongoing Tricycle Retreat a participant writes, I look forward to a peer woman teacher; I have had many wonderful experiences with male teachers, but there is something more for me w/ a contemporary, Western, woman. To which Jetsunma responds, Of course inherently there is no male or female, but nonetheless on a relative level the female voice has been conspicuous by its absence in the Buddhist world through the centuries. Perhaps this gradual redress of the gender balance is one of the contributions that the West is making—along with contemporary Asia—to the richness of the Dharma in modern times. Another participant writes, More »
  • Rudd and Hu; Buddhism and Gender Paid Member

    Buddhism and gender, from the Lehigh University newspaper. Plus, an account of Tibetan Buddhism from the Chinese media and the story of a Tibetan refugee in Salt Lake City. Hu Jintao and Kevin Rudd of Australia are having an interesting back and forth over the Tibet issue: President Hu Jintao made a terrific speech at the opening of the Boao Forum on Hainan island that Rudd attended. More »