I never said that the Lotus Sutra says anything about social pressure. It is not too difficult to realise the society at the time was male misogynistic. The sutra was aimed at society of the time. This is the context of the sutra.
What I said was not guess work but taught to me by my teacher, and his teachers' teacher, and so on. Schools such as SGI & Nichiren also agree with this interpretation.
What technical reasons? This is your first post on this thread...
I am not challenging the Lotus Sutra, I am venerating a Sutra that teaches that all can become enlightened including young girls. It does not say that it is required to be a man to be a Buddha, but to expel the doubts of those in the assembly she turned into a male Buddha, quicker than any of the men in the assembly.
https://www.bdkamerica.org/digital/dBET ... a_2007.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;Then the daughter of the nāga king presented to the Buddha a jewel
worth the great manifold cosmos, and the Buddha accepted it. The daughter of the nāga king spoke to Bodhisattva Prajñākūṭa and the noble Śāriputra,
saying: “I offered a jewel and the Bhagavat accepted it. Was that done quickly
They answered, saying: “It was done extremely quickly!”
The daughter said: “Through your transcendent powers watch me become
a buddha even more quickly than that!”
Then the assembly there all saw the daughter of the nāga king instantly
transform into a man, perfect the bodhisattva practices, go to the vimalā
world in the south, sit on a jeweled lotus ﬂower, and attain highest, complete
enlightenment, become endowed with the thirty-two marks and eighty excellent characteristics, and expound the True Dharma universally for the sake
of all sentient beings in the ten directions.
Then the bodhisattvas, śrāvakas, eight kinds of devas, nāgas, and so on,
humans and nonhumans of the sahā world, all saw in the distance that the
daughter of the nāga king had become a buddha and was universally teaching the Dharma for the sake of the humans and devas in that assembly. They
rejoiced greatly and honored her from afar.
http://www.kosei-shuppan.co.jp/english/ ... 12_14.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;There is one bothersome point, however: the dragon king's daughter's transformation into a male before becoming a buddha. Any thoughtful person will probably wonder why she did not become a buddha just as she was. Why the intermediate stage? But we should not make too much of this. We must remember that the Lotus Sutra was preached not for a handful of scholars and bhikshus but for the salvation of countless multitudes. In the India of Shakyamuni's time, as in almost every other country of the world, the concept of male supremacy was deeply embedded. Women themselves took it for granted. The best way to get ordinary people to accept the revolutionary idea that a woman could attain buddhahood was to have her turn into a man first. This expedient made it easier to understand.
If the Lotus Sutra had been a philosophical work intended for scholars and bhikshus, the teaching of the essential equality of the sexes would probably have been developed through logical argument. But since its aim was to enlighten ordinary people to the loftiest truth, it was put together in the form of dramatic episodes. In the circumstances, having the dragon king's daughter turn into a male was a natural device.
The basic message is that human beings are essentially equal, transcending gender differences. But the actual dramatis personae used to illustrate this are perforce either male or female. Had the dragon king's daughter been presented as becoming a buddha while still in female form, it is doubtful that people could have swallowed the idea, given the prevailing social assumptions. It was much more effective to conform to the conventions of the times by having her turn into a male first.
How should we today interpret her change of sex? I myself think that it teaches that women themselves should throw off their sense of inferiority and realize their essential equality to men. Even in societies where men and women are equal under the law, there can be no true gender equality until women stop thinking in terms of dependence on men. Women who quietly examine their own hearts will, I believe, agree.
EDIT* having read through some of your previous posts on this forum it is obvious you do not have a Buddhist teacher and your interpretation of the Lotus Sutra is your own. You have also implied that anyone who doesn't agree with your interpretation are wrong, including Buddhist teachers. Based on that I see no reason for me to continue this discussion with you. Gassho.