Learn from a respected woman

The discussion topic for this unit comes from the interview with Pema Chodron. The video provides you with a great opportunity to learn from a respected woman teacher in Buddhism. What do you think of her discussion of suffering and the fact that no sentient being wants to suffer, but our ways of avoiding suffering actually cause suffering? And consider especially the kind of suffering that comes if sexism or exclusion based on gender exists.Guidelines: All elements of the question must be addressed by the due date and responses to at least 2 peers for full points. Points earned reflect the quality of the post, evidence of thinking, and peer responses that do more than agree or disagree – instead they move the discussion forward and provide evidence of critical thinking. Make sure to address peers by name. All references to texts must be cited using accurate MLA style, including a Works Cited entry at the bottom of the posting.

  • https://pemachodronfoundation.org/videos/bill-moyers-on-faith-and-reason-with-pema-chodron/
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kDwINzk1GU

In your text Women and Religious Traditions, read:

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  • Chapter 3: “Women in Buddhist Traditions.”

Note that every chapter of this text follows a common pattern that explores the changing role of women in the religion, highlights significant leaders and spiritual figures, includes interviews or bios of key women in the religion and discusses the significance of key teachings and ideas in the religion in light of their impact on women. It is helpful to take notes as you are reading (in addition to or instead of highlighting). Pay attention to key terms identified (can you define them?) and also look at the additional resources provided at the end of each chapter.

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