Women, Ordination, and a Buddhist Perspective: A Violation of Rights?

Vol 36 No. 2 (2017) Religious Studies and Theology

Carola Roloff [+-]
University of Hamburg
Carola Roloff (Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen), University of Hamburg, Germany.


Taking women’s ordination—a main gender issue debated in Buddhism—as an example, I reason why discrimination against women in religion not only violates women’s human rights but also basic Buddhist principles such as non-violence. I question whether from a Buddhist perspective religion and rights are two mutually exclusive terms, and then discuss two areas of tension: a tension between religious and secular law, on the one hand, and a tension between religious freedom and gender equality, on the other. Based on this, I analyse how the dynamics of these areas of tension and gender issues could become a driving force for interreligious dialogue and for dialogue between religions and secular societies.

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Roloff, Carola. Women, Ordination, and a Buddhist Perspective: A Violation of Rights?. Religious Studies and Theology, United Kingdom. v. 36, n. 2 p. 187-210 Nov 2017. ISSN 1747-5414. https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/RST/article/view/35158. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/rsth.35158. Nov 2017

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