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Submitted by KimberlyBrown on Mon, 4/15/2013, 1:44pm
Today in the Huffington Post, author Michaela Haas has a wonderful article asking why there isn't a female Dalai Lama and what is being done to address the sexism underlying the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Like many women studying in this tradition (including me), she writes, "After studying Buddhism for a decade in India and Nepal I couldn't fail to notice that all my teachers were men. Where were all the women? If Buddhism is based on the equality of all beings and gender didn't matter, why then was there such a huge imbalance?"
Ms. Haas concludes by stating that she feels that "Any organization that categorically excludes 50 percent of their brightest, most capable and compassionate people from its leadership suffers and won't be able to escape change forever." But, while the Dalai Lama has said again and again that females must be given the same opportunities and training as males, there doesn't seem to be a plan in place for it to happen. The full article can be read here:
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