The Teachings Of The Buddha Essay

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Another way the Buddha attempts to maintain the principle of Buddhism was to place “eight chief rules” as a condition of accepting women to enter the monastic life. Although these rules stressed the superiority of monks over nuns, their development actually empowered women’s image in the society. The “eight chief rules” placed nuns in a subordinate position. For instance, nuns were not allowed to spend in the district without a monk during rainy season and they cannot provide advice or disregard the order of the monks (Barua, 63). Therefore, the “eight chief rules” implies that the Buddha placed more value and importance toward monks. In fact, the Buddha stated that since women entered the monastic life, his teaching would not last for 500 years rather than 1000 years (Wijayaratna, 17). As a result, scholars suggest that the Buddha not only viewed women as inferior, but regretted his decision of establishing a community of nuns (17). However, the “eight chief rules” was not designed to placed women in lower status, but rather to serve as a “strong barrier between the monks and nuns, [which] was absolutely necessary for maintaining the dignity and purity of the Sangha” (Barua, 68). This suggests that the Buddha was not feeling regret, but rather feeling concern that without strict regulations and protocols, his teachings would not last longer. The Buddha is then aware of human’s weakness and recognized that allowing two opposite sexes to be in proximity with each other would…

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