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“Why does Buddha have to be a man?”
Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. It addresses the absence of women in most early Buddhist texts and explores the story of Mara who tries to prevent Siddhartha Gautama from awakening. There is also further discussion of the Middle Way, the Buddha’s first teaching, which can be understood as surrendering to things as they are.
For the introduction to this basic Buddhism series, please visit Venus Twinkling.
Post & Featured image: Mara failing to tempt Buddha from attaining Enlightenment and also failing to capture the Golden Throne as well. From a wall painting at a monastery in Penang, Malaysia by Hintha, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.