Just Kidding! I love you ladies!
From the Buddhist Channel:
Bangkok, Thailand — The forest monks of Wat Nong Pah Pong want the Council of Elders and the Office of National Buddhism to impose stricter controls on Western monks to stop them from ordaining women.
They also want the properties of Thai temples in the West to come under the ownership of the Thai Sangha to ensure complete control.
The monks are seeking the changes after the recent ordination of two women at Bodhinyana Temple, a branch of Wat Nong Pah Pong in Perth, Australia.
The Ecclesiastic Council is opposed to female ordination. The Wat Nong Pah Pong clergy have excommunicated the dharma teacher Phra Brahmavamso, popularly known as Ajahn Brahm, for sponsoring the ordination.
His temple has also been stripped of its status as a Nong Pah Pong branch monastery.
They council says it “wants the temple back”. It claims Bodhinyana Temple was built primarily with money donated by the Thai disciples of the late Luang Por Chah.
I’ve largely kept my mouth shut about the ordination of women. Mostly because I have no real background in the Theravadan tradition and I know that they take the monastic code very seriously. However, since I have 10 minutes, I would like to bring your attention to this line…
Office of National Buddhism to impose stricter controls on Western monks to stop them from ordaining women.
The Office of National Buddhism. I think I speak for many practitioners when we say that we have very little concern over what “The Office of National Buddhism” has to say. In fact, I could absolutely care less about their opinion especially if it keeps the monastic life as sexist as it is in most other religious traditions.
Temples in the West should operate as Temples in the West wish to operate and not at the whim of an organization halfway across the globe. “Stricter control” means less freedom allowed to Buddhist practitioners as well as progressive Buddhist clergy. Maybe it is time to break free from some of the more archaic Buddhist traditions…
It would be difficult for the Thai public and the clergy to accept the Siladhara order, he said, because the presence of women creates unnecessary problems for the monks’ vow of chastity.
Maybe for the Thai public and clergy but the Australians seem OK with it. Break it off! I’m sick of women being blamed for the a monk’s inability to keep monastic vows.