New video by Dr. Marlai Ouch!
She compares two pairs of foremost disciples who in their lay life were married couples, Bhadda Kapilani & Mahakassapa, and Queen Anoja & Mahakappina. While Bhadda Kapilani, Mahakassapa and Mahakappina are widely recognized as outstanding disciples, Queen Anoja was marginalized in the Pali tradition, despite her great accomplishments. Dr. Ouch then draws parallels to the current situation of bhikkhunis in Cambodia.
From the video description:
Anoja Devi Theri is a great bhikkhuni in the Pali commentaries and is among the 50 great bhikkhunīs found in a unique list of foremost disciples belonging to the Khmer tradition. She may even be the link of Khmer Bhikkhunis to the time of the Buddha. Dr. Marlai Ouch talks about reasons why she is not mentioned in the Pali Canon, and explores the question why the Khmer Bhikkhuni Sangha is being denied.
Dr. Marlai Ouch is an educator, a Buddhist practitioner, and an activist. She advocates for social justice, equity, and gender equality, and supports efforts to revive the Khmer Bhikkhuni Sangha. She received a doctorate degree in educational leadership, and an MBA, and an MA in Economics from San Francisco State University.