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Sakyadhita International: gender equity in ultramodern Buddhism

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2015, 00:00 authored by Anna HalafoffAnna Halafoff, Praveena RajkobalPraveena Rajkobal
The nexus between religion and violence has been widely debated in the public sphere at the turn of the twenty-first century. Much of these discourses have centered on direct violence, and on terrorism in particular. Yet, structural violence also remains endemic within many religious traditions, including Buddhism. Buddhist women, and men, continue to challenge these gender inequalities in various ways, notably Sakyadita, the International Association of Buddhist Women founded in 1987, is committed to improving conditions for Buddhist women worldwide. This article investigates how Sakyadhita is promoting gender equity in global Buddhism. It explores Sakyadhita’s origin, and focuses on the 13th Sakyadhita Conference, to examine the role of religious social movements in advancing gender parity. It also proposes an innovative ultramodern Buddhism framework for understanding contemporary global Buddhism, building on existing Buddhist studies, critical feminist and sociological theories. While focused on a Buddhist women’s social movement, this article provides new knowledge that may assist diverse religious communities in addressing gender disparities both locally and internationally.

History

Journal

Feminist theology

Volume

23

Issue

2

Pagination

111 - 127

Publisher

Sage

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0966-7350

eISSN

1745-5189

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, The Authors