Ilustrasi umat Buddha.
Secara tradisional, untuk diterima menjadi bagian dari kehidupan biara Buddha, seseorang harus memenuhi sejumlah persyaratan, termasuk memiliki identitas seksual yang “jelas”.
Novice Buddhist monks during a mass ordination at Dhamagaya Temple in central Thailand in 2010.
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Traditional ordination into a Buddhist monastic life requires meeting guidelines based on male and female genders.
The number of women religious leaders is growing, but the 2018-2019 National Congregations Study, which surveyed 5,300 U.S. religious communities, found that only 56.4% of these communities would allow a woman to “be head clergy person or primary religious leader.”
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Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.
Nuns from Taiwan pray in Taipei on May 8, 2011, in celebration of the Buddha’s birth anniversary.
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Traditionally, Buddhism has been opposed to women taking on leadership roles. However, nuns in many Buddhist-majority countries are challenging the patriarchal rules.
A volunteer sets up beds in what would have been a field hospital in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York.
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Images of religious buildings being used to treat the sick shouldn’t come as surprise. The practice has a long tradition, dating back to the Middle Ages.
Let’s start an ice age.
A volcano in Indonesia may be the location of a massive “mystery eruption” that has perplexed volcanologists for decades, according to a new study. The eruption occurred in 1257, and it could also be one…