Speaking out on women in Thai Buddhism

from Press News, posted 05/12/2011 - 11:29

The issue of the place of women in Buddhism is not going away, not least in the rather patriarchal Thai sangha. It is quite pertinent, then, that the 12th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women will be held in Bangkok on 12-18 June. And speaking at this conference will be one of our authors, Monica Lindberg Falk.

If you don’t have time to attend the conference and listen to Monica’s paper on Buddhist nuns and educational reform in Thailand, then you might instead be interested to view a short interview that we filmed in August 2010 at the Euroseas conference in Gothenburg. Here, the author of the Making Fields of Merit discusses the place of women in Buddhism, the growing push for female ordination and how Thai Buddhism is much more patriarchal than Buddhism per se. Monica also recounts how she became interested in this subject.


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