Good post Kim.
Why concentrate on masculine or feminine?
What difference does being a woman make
When the mind is well-composed,
When knowledge is proceeding on,
When one rightly sees into Dhamma?
Indeed for whom the question arises:
"Am I a man or a woman?"
Or, "Am I even something at all?"
To them alone is Mara fit to talk! http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .olen.html
Hello, Chris, thank you, your contributions are priceless, your knowledge vast.
Here, however, my point here was a bit different, perhaps I wasn't clear enough. Sorry.
I tried to say it with this:
PS; I am aware of the sutta where 'form' is the issue and that you're stuck when you begin to classify...
But I'm inundated with work and couldn't specify anymore precisely, also relying on the Buddhists here to "get it" right. Hard task, apparently.
Let me try again, but if it's pointless to you guys, that's ok too.
My approach is more of a political amd societal nature, just like we discussed the problems of of cows kept in lactation, pollution, elections, and our role in that...
So, to make a long story short, I totally agree with that suttha you quoted, of course, and had hoped that became clear when I posted my PS.
I would rather discuss how we OVERCOME this our male or female "nature", caused by hormones,- which fact can hardly be discussed away, when you look at the special issues men have with their hormone induced "nature", -just look at the porn and masturbation threads, which are NEVER started by women, at least I am not aware of one.
The Buddha explained himself the special burdens women have to carry through a monthly menstruation, through pregnancy, nurturing and menopause.
So. Childrearing also reinforces specific roles, while exceptions to a learger or smaller degree are perfectly natural as well, of course, at least to me.
Now my point:
If we compare (now I found the word) if we compare religions and philosophies, Buddhism seems the most peaceful one.
Are there any wars led by Buddhists?
There are wars led by Christians and Muslims, right?
PS: I am also aware of the Amazons, just saying this because it is predictable that somebody will bring them up as up as a point to argue that women have warriorhood in themselves as well. Let's talk about what is common for the majority, and not get lost so easily in all the little details of exceptions. Ok? Thanks.
Let<'s keep to the majortity.