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Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:17 am

Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21936656

A little-known Thai woman has been identified by researchers as the most likely author of an important Buddhist treatise, previously attributed to a high-profile monk.

Thammanuthamma-patipatti is a set of dialogues, supposedly between two prominent Thai monks last century.

It had been attributed to one of them - Venerable Luang Pu Mun Bhuridatta.

But scholars believe it was really by a female devotee, making her one of the first Thai women to write such a text.

Printed in five parts between 1932-1934, initially without a named author, Thammanuthamma-patipatti (Practice in perfect conformity with the Dhamma) is viewed in Thailand as a valuable and profound Buddhist text which deals with Buddhism's different stages of awakening.

Dr Martin Seeger from the University of Leeds believes he has traced the authorship of the text to one Khunying Yai Damrongthammasan - a wealthy and extremely devout woman who developed an impressive knowledge of Buddhist scriptures during her lifetime.

(read the whole article linked above)
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Re: Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

Postby Wayfarer » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:29 am

That is a very interesting and rather touching story. She sounds an exemplary Buddhist disciple.
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Re: Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

Postby BuddhaSoup » Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:17 pm

Interesting that (per the article) with respect to the Thai monastic exams,women occupied 97 percent of the highest scores. Is there really any room in Thailand for the argument that women not be fully invested as monastics? Can anyone really say that women do not have the ability or status to occupy the highest levels as teachers of Buddhism? It's still true that men outnumber women substantially as monastics. Imagine how much has been missed or lost through the process of subjugating women through the years.
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