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Fluid Boundaries, Institutional Segregation And Buddhist Sexual Tolerance: A Response (2)

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Professor Satha-Anand's paper starts with an account of the basic Buddhist teachings, ranging from ethics, through temporality to ontological truth. The point she makes in the first section of the paper is that Buddhism is a non-essentialising religion, and that tolerance is its main characteristic. Her argument is basically the same for both gender and caste. Through the institution of the sangha, secular differences or discrimination among castes or gender were alleviated. Professor Satha-Anand has indicated that as the sangha was open to all castes, social distinctions among the people were fluid in character. Professor Satha-Anand contrasts the traditionalists with feminists. There are two types of feminists, that is, those who support equal opportunity in the military and those who question the very existence of the military.

Keywords: Buddhism; feminists; Professor Satha-Anand; sangha; U.S. military



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