Sekha wrote:it was not entirely his wish to create the nuns order. I recognize however, that following the same line of reasoning, one would conclude that it was not entirely his wish to teach the Dhamma, as he waited for Brahma Sahampati to call for it first,
The underlined is exactly what I thought before I read the sentence.
Sekha wrote:although it is even more difficult to assess the veracity of that super-normal encounter.
I do not think it really is. As it is all in the past we have no chance to witness either account without recourse to supernormal powers.
Anyway, that's not the point.
In any case, he did initiate the bhikkhuni order. And he could not do that without "wanting" it in the end. It was his intention in the end, to let this happen, and so it happened. So that, I think, is quite an unequivocal point.
What happened over the course of 2500 years is probably a bit more difficult to understand, and I think, not very much to be meaningfully related to what and what not the Buddha wanted either way.
So what he would "want" in today's circumstances, is, I think, quite an invalid question, especially when it comes to such rather "worldly" issues. And to seriously try to base an argument on that, especially in a largely political/social disagreement, would be dishonest, I think, to say the least.
The other Gotami Sutta may actually be more relevant here:
"Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to contentment; to entanglement, not to seclusion; to laziness, not to aroused persistence; to being burdensome, not to being unburdensome': You may categorically hold, 'This is not the Dhamma, this is not the Vinaya, this is not the Teacher's instruction.'
I'm neither for nor against bhikkhuni ordination. Where it works, I think that's a good thing. But it's not good to be political about it.
I wish for all who want to end suffering that they find the best circumstances for that. No matter what clothes they wear, no matter whether they're male or female, no matter whether people respect them or not. It becomes more difficult when these points are important.
The Buddha-Sasana can't last forever. In whichever way it persists, we should try to make the best of it.