The place of women in the Buddha's philosophy

 

Buddha philosophy 

In India at the time of the Buddha, women were undervalued. The woman received a low reception. The birth of a female was considered a doom for the family. Their attitude was that she should be a slave of the man. The male party also made decisions about the woman regardless of her will and her freedom was taken away from her.


In ancient Indian society, it was believed that if a married woman's husband died, she should also commit suicide by jumping into the fire of her husband. Lord Buddha did a great service to free women from persecution and little treatment. He pointed out that women are not slaves of men and that she is a person who should be in a high position in society, both by preaching and by action.


Lord Buddha ascended to heaven to preach the Dhamma to his mother,she was a woman, and to his wife Yashodhara, who had passed away, he preached the story of 'Channa Kinnara' Jataka and healed her heart. Seeing his step-mother Maha Prajapati Gotamiya, Buddha did not forget to show gratitude to her and also took action to grant the ordination of women, which was her request. Women, including Maha Prajapati Gotamiya, who were ordained, were given a high place in the Buddhist order with due respect.


By joining the Buddhist order, the woman reached a high position in the society. By valuing the female Buddha, who was the head of the three worlds, the society's low esteem towards them disappeared. Over time, women were allowed to break free from patriarchy. Lord Buddha's philosophy was able to change the mentality of Indian men to such an extent that women were considered superior even to become monks in the Buddha Order.


As a result, Indian men took steps to give women a place of respect in society. She was given the opportunity to engage in other tasks, who only worked as men's slaves. Offering gifts and bread to the sons of Buddha, giving them the opportunity to visit temples and listen to the Dhamma, meeting kings and other dignitaries, and learning crafts are some examples.


As a progress in the socialisation of Buddha's philosophy, the land of India and its surrounding states also accepted women, and women's freedom was implemented in India even after the Buddha's lifetime. Later, Buddha's recognition of women helped women like Indira Gandhi to lead India.

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