Internationally renowned research and author, Rita M. Gross, PhD, will speak on Buddhism and Gender at Buddhist House this Friday. The lecture will be followed by an all-day interactive workshop on Saturday. Gross writes:
Gender is a human phenomenon, not something that belongs to women but not to men. Because women are often overlooked in discussions of Buddhism, even today, when we focus more explicitly on gender, it oftenseems that the discussion is relevant only to women. That is a misconception. This program is about Buddhism and gender, and is equally relevant to men and to women.
“Is The Glass Half-Empty Or Half-Full”? A Feminist Assessment of Buddhism and Gender at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century” (Lecture)
This lecture is the general, introductory overview suggested by the title. It is appropriate for a large audience and presupposes little or no previous knowledge of Buddhism or Buddhist practice. It is especially appropriate for those who may have heard that Buddhism is a sexist, male-dominated religion but have never really explored the topic. This event can be a stand-alone event, but it is highly recommended that anyone who wants to participate in any of the remainder of the program attend this lecture.
Location: Buddhist House (356 Washington Street)
“What the Buddha Really Said about Gender” (ALL-DAY INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP)
The workshop will be based on a close study of about twenty short Buddhist texts from Early Indian Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. It will be conducted in circle format. We will read each text out loud, then spend a few minutes in quiet reflection on what we had heard, and then begin to talk about our immediate, gut-level reactions and questions. Rita Gross will moderate and provide whatever background on history and dharma may be appropriate. A handout of the texts to be discussed will be provided on Sat. morning for students to keep. Daylong attendance is requested.
Time: 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm