acharya buddha d.m. murdockI say, good riddance! The pretentious Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand has expelled an Australian monastery from its order for ordaining two women as monks, proving once again that organized religion doesn’t make people more godly or enlightened. As I’ve written about before, in spite of its various superior aspects, organized Buddhism of the past several centuries has developed a serious sexist streak that lumps it in with the less-enlightened Abrahamic faiths and virulent strains of Hindu fanaticism as well. In fact, for the most part the organized religions of the past couple of centuries have largely based their identity on how oppressive they can be towards women. Buddhism in many parts of the world has proved itself not much less chauvinistic than these others, and here we go again, with this patently ridiculous move that will eventually spell the end of the old-timers, as the innovators attract more enlightened and healthier devotees.

In any event, it’s high time to throw away the sexist religious cults for the most part. Truly enlightened people have no need for organized spirituality of any sort. Become a Buddha, not a Buddhist! It’s much more liberating and fun. When you are a Buddha, you get to write your own ticket, not follow a bunch of deadening rote and rules. You become the creator of your own drama – as I say, much more fun. Don’t put off living life – do it now!

Thai Buddhist council severs ties with Perth monastery over women

Bangkok – Thailand’s Sangha Supreme Council which governs the country’s Buddhist monkhood has severed all ties with and Australian monastery for ordaining two female monks, media reports said Tuesday.

‘The expulsion took effect Monday after the council had ruled to cancel the monastery’s status as a branch of Wat Nongpapong in Ubon Ratchathani province,’ The Nation online news site reported.

While the expulsion means the Bodhinyana monastery in Perth can no longer claim to be ‘sanctified’ by links with the famed Forest Temple in Ubon Ratchathani it does not mean its temple status in Australia has been revoked….

Phra Bhramabvanco recently allowed two bhikkhuni, or female monks, be ordained in Perth although the Theravada sect of Buddhism arguably forbids such a practice….

On a personal note, an absurd follower of an Indian guru was attempting to insult me once by telling me that I was not behaving like a (good little) woman, to which I replied, “Consciousness has no gender, you stupid little man.”  Again, being a Buddha is a blast!

Further Reading

Buddhist sexism
Buddhism: The truly peaceful religion