Embracing the Feminine in Buddhism

Jack Kornfield, a teacher in the vipassana movement of American Theravada Buddhism, recently participated in the ordination of two female Buddhist nuns. Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta have been practicing American Buddhism for nearly twenty years. It was a particularly profound ceremony for the San Francisco nuns in that their Asian counter parts would not have received the same warm welcome, for in that culture men are seen as higher than women, and Buddhist nuns are not only disrespected but also excluded from many of the Buddhist teachings, a mindset that excludes the feminine principal and hinders enlightenment.

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