Lucas Oliveira wrote:Female Monastics in Thailand Barred From Paying Respects to Late King
Female monks barred from paying respects
"Whatever challenges lie ahead, we will still practise as bhikkhuni. Whatever resistance from the establishment, more women will choose to pursue a spiritual path as female monastics," said Ven Dhammananda
"Nothing can stop it."
When this was said, the venerable Sāriputta asked the Blessed One: “Venerable sir, which of us has spoken well?” “You have all spoken well, Sāriputta, each in his own way. Hear also from me what kind of bhikkhu could illuminate this Gosinga Sāla-tree Wood. Here, Sāriputta, when a bhikkhu has returned from his almsround, after his meal, he sits down, folds his legs crosswise, sets his body erect, and establishing mindfulness in front of him, resolves: ‘I shall not break this sitting position until through not clinging my mind is liberated from the taints.’ That kind of bhikkhu could illuminate this Gosinga Sālatree Wood.”
That is what the Blessed One said. Those venerable ones were satisfied and delighted in the Blessed One’s words.
CecilN wrote:After reading the inspiring article about bhikkhuni Venerable Candā & the Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, I found this article about the Thai King's funeral very disturbing because, imo, it does not matter who you are, even the Lord Buddha himself, when you are not invited you are not invited. Demanding privileges, status & respect is not the practise of Buddhism. This is not the way to earn respect & support by gate crashing a funeral (particularly when you could be meditating, following the Lord Buddha's directive).
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