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Women as Leaders in Buddhism
Women as leaders in Buddhism

For Buddhists, the epitome of enlightened leadership is the Buddha himself. The Buddha, the “awakened one,” led by teaching a path to awakening that is open to all. The path to awakening—a process of purifying the mind of afflictions, such as greed, hatred, and ignorance—can be followed by women and men alike. Traditionally, however, the fact that the Buddha, the model of human perfection, was male seemed to imply to future generations that men were somehow more capable of awakening than women. This impression was bolstered by the eight ...

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