Authored By: Kaushalya Gupta
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 220||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: English Literature
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Gautam Buddha's teachings for the enlightenment of true self are imparted to both men and women without any distinction of sex, as both were considered to have equal spiritual capabilities. Vinaya Pitaka of Pali canon bears testimony to the fact that Lord Buddha himself said that a woman can attain enlightenment, the Buddhahood. According to Lotus Sutra, a woman who embraces this Sutra, not only excels all other women but surpasses all men.
Earlier, female followers of Lord Buddha were not allowed to enroll in the Sanghas, which were predominantly meant for male Bhikkus as it was thought that they might get distracted from their spiritual goals in the company of women. However, later, at the request of ardent female followers, Lord Buddha permitted women to join the monastic community as Bhikkhunis and allowed them to preach the Dhamma along with their male counterparts.
Dr. Kaushalya Gupta's doctoral thesis of 1960 from Tubingen University, Germany under the guidance of Prof. Dr. H.V. Glasenapp, outlines the role of women in the family, their position in the society, their achievements and specially, the Buddhist order of nuns — the Bhikkuni Sangha, as reflected in the old Buddhist literature.
Dr. Kaushalya Gupta is former Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Miranda House, University of Delhi. A participant in a large number of national and international seminars, her published works include Catalogue of Manuscripts on Performing Arts (a National Mission for Manuscripts publication) as well as several articles in leading journals. She was awarded Sanskrit Sewa Samman by Sanskrit Academy in 2004. Her other research includes work on Plants in Sanskrit Literature and Ganjifa – an Indian card game besides on Transgenders and Gems and Stones. She has also published verse, latest being a collection of hundred poems colourfully illustrated by Dr. (Smt.) Hem Bhatnagar.