it true that monks are not to touch women because women are
One of the practiced customs is that women are not to come into
direct contact with monks applies only in Thailand. There is
no such prohibition found in the Vinaya. In the Tripitaka when
Ananda asks how a monk should behave towards women, the Buddha
was made to say "Stay away from them," and if they
should confront women "they are not to look at them."
If this instruction is true we have to take it with a grain
It is possible
that this instruction is meant only for Ananda. As we know he
was a good looking monk and had a charming personality. At one
certain instant he almost lost himself to a seductive woman
but the Buddha intervened and saved him. The teaching might
also be taken, as general instruction when we understand that
most monks are still not enlightened beings. Should they be
allowed close connection with women, they can easily become
confused. To avoid being side-tracked, monks should keep clear
from women. But not having direct contact with women does not
imply impurity an inherent negative quality in women.
himself never had to avoid women. He received them at every
appropriate time because he was enlightened having transcended
any sexual inclination. There is also more positive passage
in which he recommended monks to treat women the same age as
their mothers the way they would treat their mothers, etc.
the four groups of Buddhists work together as foundation for
Buddhism when women as half of the population are always excluded?
If women are weakened in supporting the Sanghas, Buddhism also
becomes meaningless as it is used as a tool for liberating only
the other half of the population. Both women and men must come
together as established by the Buddha in supporting and promoting