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Christine G. Richardson - The Role of Women in Buddhist Myth

Le 31 May 2016

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN BUDDHIST MYTH Women are well represented in Buddhist myth, but they did not come by their status automatically. The Buddha and his early followers were skeptical about the ability of women to attain enlightenment, but the women were equally persistent. The Buddha’s mother, Queen Mayadevi of Nepal, played a relatively passive role. She dreamed that a white elephant descended from heaven and entered her womb. The elephant told her that she had (...) continue

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Christine G. Richardson - The Role of Women in Buddhist Myth

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN BUDDHIST MYTH Women are well represented in Buddhist myth, but they did not come by their status automatically. The Buddha and his early followers were skeptical about the ability of women to attain enlightenment, but the women were equally persistent. The Buddha’s mother, Queen Mayadevi of Nepal, played a relatively passive role. She dreamed that a white elephant descended from heaven and entered her womb. The elephant told her that she had conceived a pure and powerful child. An earthquake followed, as well as thirty-two other signs. When she gave birth, the queen experienced a ecstatic vision while the gods Brahma and Indra took the child painlessly from her (...) continue