Peter wrote:And what evidence do you have that a woman can become a sammasambuddha? Have you met or heard of a female sammasambuddha?
What has lead me to this opinion are the educated opinions of both monastics and scholars, as well as the inconsistency of this teaching in relation to others such as the fact that gender is not an issue in determining a person's ability to attain release. If women have the same ability to achieve enlightenment as men, what precludes them from being capable of rediscovering the Dhamma and teaching it to others? I have found women to be capable teachers and capable of being pioneers in any field.
Jason, I understand your argumentation perfectly, it seems a transcendental view of gender to me.
But I'm afraid it is lost to those men who will defend this argument because it feeds their ego.
You will also meet women who disagree, but don't dare to voice it, because they don''t want to appear adhamma or deluded or are the apple polishers of men and dogmas. . .
It is well possible that "women can't be SammasamBuddhas" was added later.
Anybody Prove me wrong if you can.