Continuing the discussion from Early texts, EBTs - what do they say about gender equality, as opposed to inequality?:
Dear Robert and all
I had a quick look at Ven Analayo’s article. Monks like him seem to be going along way towards recectifying the damage done by past reciters.
From memory, in the K&R workshop 2 someone asked about the validity of the ancient chanting…referring at the time to pre-Buddhist oral traditions. To which I remember Bhante Sujato replied by saying that it would’ve been incredibly accurate… I can’t remember the reasons he gave for this…but leaving this aside for now…
I took it on board that recitation, within oral traditions, had to be highly accurate…I mean, one could be out of a job, so to speak, if it weren’t…
Yet, being human, being influenced by the various delusions of our own times and places, changes, clearly, have been made. To the detriment and well being of many, for a long time too.
So I want to express immense gratitude for the existence of comparative and text critical studies and the hard work of monks like Bhante Sujato and Ven Analayo and all others who’ve helped to bring us closer to a Buddha that matches up with the Dhamma, rather than one that doesn’t match up - that causes one to lose faith in both onself (if born woman - that could be you men next - so this applies to all of us!) and in the Buddha-Dhamma.