“Buddha’s Wife” by Murray Edmond
Whenever I read about the Buddha’s life I always wonder how his wife felt when he left her. The scriptures say that Shakyammuni Buddha didn’t even say goodbye, didn’t kiss his son one last time. And later on, Buddha wouldn’t accept women into the sangha. Only his disciple, Ananda, who sympathized with these women who wanted to become Buddhist nuns, finally convinced him otherwise. In regards to the codes of discipline expected by monks and nuns, within the Pali canon, there are 227 rules for men but 311 for women. Now, I myself identify my belief system ranging in shades between Zen Buddhism and Taoism. (And maybe some shamanistic, nature, Wicca, animism, spirit things but a higher conscious within me wonders if that’s only mostly out of nostalgia) I follow many blogs on Tumblr whose creators seem to share the same beliefs, if not interests. I am not knocking the Buddha. But I think many people are young, find something they like, use the internet to teach themselves or guidebooks for dummies and only get one view. History is important. Learn about these things, if for the mere sake of expanding your perspective.