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Padma Sambhava, Rinpoche
Padma Sambhava

Buddha tells that women have it in them to get Enlightened, Awakened, and also as lay persons. That part of the old Buddhist teachings answers the headline topic.

Enjoy the quotations and other stuff.

Quotations on Women

A lot of guys think the larger a woman's breasts are, the less intelligent she is. I don't think it works like that. I think it's the opposite. I think the larger a woman's breasts are, the less intelligent the men become. [Anita Wise]

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. [Arnold Haultain]

Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. [Rita Rudner]

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points. [Mae West]

Even if you studied history or zoology or physics and hoped to spend your life pursuing some difficult and challenging career, you still had a mind full of all the soupy longings that every high-school girl was awash in... underneath it … and, of course, money. [Erica Jong]

History is herstory too. [Author Unknown]

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. [Oscar Wilde]

I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves. [Mary Wollstonecraft]

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tunafish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock. [Barbara Grizzuti Harrison]

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason. [Stanley Baldwin]

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. [Aristotle Onassis]

I'm just a person trapped inside a woman's body. [Elaine Boosler]

In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman. [Nancy Astor, My Two Countries]

Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate? [Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, 1970]

"Mammogram?" Every time I hear it, I think I'm supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone. [Jan King]

Men who don't like girls with brains don't like girls. [Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966]

Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they don't like him. [Marlene Dietrich]

Our heroes and she-roes! [Maya Angelou, abr]

Physically, a man is a man for a much longer time than a woman is a woman. [Honoré de Balzac, The Physiology of Marriage]

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. [Gloria Steinem]

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! [Author Unknown]

That's the way it is in Hollywood … the women get older. [Lillian Gish]

The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them. [Robert Graves]

There is more difference within the sexes than between them. [Ivy Compton-Burnett, Mother and Son]

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. [Charlotte Whitton]

Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention. [Cornelia Otis Skinner, attributed]

Women belong in the house... and the Senate. [Author Unknown]

Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself. [Roseanne Barr]

You start out happy that you have no hips or boobs. All of a sudden you get them, and it feels sloppy. Then just when you start liking them, they start drooping. [Cindy Crawford]

Philosophically, what are the key differences between those who are souls and all the others if they exist [1]? Good souls function all right mahayanic, irrespective of religion, I would say. Mahayana Buddhism holds that the mind is real, and that enlightenment is had through right conduct and wisdom and meditation. The view that souls have an indwelling Buddha Nature [2], or such a seed to develop, is also in it.

This said, there are many schools of Mahayana, and different viewpoints and opinions and nuances in the teachings. The essential points above are helpful ones, I think. And I very much like Padma-Sambhava's corner-stone teachings.

To Be Hated May not Be Such a Bad Thing -

Confucius in the Lunyi (Analects) 13:24:

CHINA Tsze-kung asked, "What do you say of a man who is loved by all the people of his neighborhood?"

Confucius replied, "We may not approve of him for that."

"And what do you say of him who is hated by all the people of his neighborhood?"

The Master said, "We may not for that conclude that he is bad. It is better than either of these cases that the good in the neighborhood love him, and the bad hate him."

"Women have souls," priestly celibacy, and monasticism

In Buddhism women have had far better conditions than women in other main religions, inspired by statements and practices of Buddha.

But there has been progress in Christianity too. During the Nicaean Council in 325 a vote was cast in the council, to decide whether women had souls. The idea that women had souls won by one vote. The emperor Constantine I had invited about 1000 bishops of the Christian church in the east and 800 bishops in the west, but a lesser number attended. Eusebius of Caesarea counted 220, Athanasius of Alexandria counted 318, and Eustathius of Antioch counted 270. It should be safe to say there were some hundred attending bishops, and that there was a schism among the delegates. [Wikipedia, s.v. "The First Council of Nicaea"]

It appears the adaptations to the Roman emperor cost the early Church much, also in the 300s. The emperor Constantine I in 321 AD passed a law making Sunday the Sabbath, and thus setting aside a cornerstone commandment of the Bible. Similarly, the doctrine of priestly celebacy was unknown to early Christians. Clerical celibacy is the practice in which clergy adopt a celibate life, refraining from marriage and sexual relationships, including masturbation, sexual visualisation and fantasies. Clerical celibacy is the rule for priests and bishops in the Latin Catholic Church and for bishops in Eastern Christianity. It has also been the historical norm for Anglo-Catholic priests. However, the earliest Christian leaders were very largely married men. [Wikipedia, s.v. "Clerical celibacy"]

In passing, note that Self-Realization Fellowship, claiming to represent the "original Christianity of Jesus Christ" is headed by unmarried nuns even though they claim to go for "original Christianity" in their aims and ideals. I call it a bluff. There were no nuns and monks in early Christianity; Monasticism was unknown in Christianity until the end of the third century. [History of Christian Monasticism" ReligiousFacts, 2004-2010].

The day of the Sun, 25 December, was declared by Constantine to be Christ's birthday. It made the Church of Antioch write: "How come you suddenly know when Christ was born, when we have not known for 300 years?" [More]

"Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the government." [Bertrand Russell]

Egypian Isis with the child Horus at bottom of "Mary and Child"?

The two hallmarks of being of the chosen people were enforced by death penalties in Judaism: ritual Saturday rest (i.e. Sabbath rest, from Friday evening till Saturday evening) and "foreskin off". Then one day God was born with a foreskin and circumcised to be acceptable in "his own people", the story goes. He did not get acceptable anyhow, but was executed. I would have claimed my foreskin back in such a case . . .

Is that impossible with God? More than letting long, long gone and decomposed and recirculated corpses resurrect in the body, complete and so on? The Church holds that doctrine.

At any rate, women should avoid much foreskin mishap.

Jesus also had difficulties with recognising his mother. "Who is my mother? My followers. (Paraphrase)" He said things like that and refused to greet his own biological mother. But she is the one Catholics have made icons of, pray to by Hail Mary and so on, because they think she is GOOD against a saying of Jesus that none is good but God alone. Besides, medieval Catholicism came to maintain that Mother-Virgin Mary was the Catholic Church itself. It would appears that the madonna-and-child icon was lifted over from ancient Egyptian religion, by the way. [More]

And if you cross yourself over truths like these, think that the cross is a device older than Christianity and mankind itself. Two twigs that fall to the ground and overlap, can form a cross. Crossing oneself by movements in the air up front suggests on the one hand a need for strength, and on the other hand a grasp of superstition that is allotted meaning, as far as I know. After all, the cross did not enter Christianity until the 300s or so. So it is nothing advocated in the Bible either. [More]

Stepping Things Up a Bit

Did not all the bishops at Nikea that voted against women having souls, sin against them thereby? If they denied them being souls, those old fogeys most likely did sin against the inherent goddess of women. "Don't you know you are gods . . .?" said Jesus to angry Jews who tried to stone him. And did not all the bishops and prelates who held the same idea against women, also sin against the women who had given them birth, fed and cared for them, and slept with them?

If your brother sins and does not repent, eventually treat him as a tax collector, says Jesus. [Matthew 18:15-17]. One of the evangelists had been a tax collector. How was he treated? As a follower of Jesus. So were bishops in the early church treated too.

Also, Jesus tells that "A man's enemies will be the members of his own household." [Matthew 10:36-38]. Is that so?

Bishops wear crosses, and so many others wear a tiny crucifix in a chain around their neck, thinking "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." [Matthew 11:29-30] Compare this with what happened to many disciples and martyrs if you like. They did not find help in the gospel-promised powers to escape on water, in the air, and get helped in other miraculous ways, or through prayer. Millions of gospel-believers did not get that the teachings of Jesus were for Jews only (Matthew 15:25; Vermes 2010:37, 41.

FACE You will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me—If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also." [Matthew 24:9 and John 15:20]

That is not necessarily a joke and an easy yoke. But "Waste not tears over old griefs," as the American proverb has it. Jesus seems to forget how he empowered followers to do better than him in the right Spirit (John 14:12) and by prayers to succeed too. Also, as long as all nations do not know you and have not heard about Jesus, the saying of being hated by all definitely cannot be true. That the saying of Jesus is untrue, is that alarming - a threat? Not in a wider perspective that takes into account Acts 15 and 21:25, that is, the Apostolic Decree for God's own, saved people. Harsh teachings of Jesus are not even mentioned there. They were not necessary to build the first church, in other words. Granted that his teachings were for Jews only, as one gospel has it (Matthew 15:24), the saying of being hated by all falls to the ground with the other words: They were for Jews only. It often pays to consider the facts, and if not facts, the best material to be had (Compare Vermes 2010; 39, 41)

Jesus also said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." [Cf. Matthew 15;24 etc]. It should be good to find the good reasons for guessing that the missionary command in Matthew 28;19 ff looks like another of those crooked, later forgeries that marked Christianity in the first centuries. [Link].

Jesus and his sayings and doings were "for Jews only" he said. Gentile followers (most Christians) soon got Acts 15 (and 21:25) as their deal. Words by Jesus were not included in the four requirements for Gentile followers, but refraining from blood sausages and blood puddings and strangled poultry are two of the four pillars of Christianity for non-Jews.

Besides, the "worth" of following Jesus is like that of an ill sheep [Mark 2:17; Matthew 12:12; John 21:16]. And as he also says in that passage, healthy guys do not need him; he did not come for them. By going for the self-help way of life of basic Buddhism and meditation - TM, for example, get better.

Whether you think that someone has or is a soul or not, he or she might take up the kind of living and training that improves the future, and get into a better life.

The Law of Jante

The "Law of Jante" by the Danish writer Axel Sandemose:

  1. Don't think you are special.
  2. Don't think you are of the same standing as us.
  3. Don't think you are smarter than us.
  4. Don't fancy yourself as being better than us.
  5. Don't think you know more than us.
  6. Don't think you are more important than us.
  7. Don't think you are good at anything.
  8. Don't you laugh at us.
  9. Don't think anyone cares about you.
  10. Don't think you can teach us anything.

The pinpointed tenets can be counteracted by building a group climate to thrive in, as Peter Drucker (1970) has told in the steps of Douglas McGregor. In addition, careful assertiveness training may help the individual to cope well enough.

Long-standing "Jante experiences" are the bad conformity that "bakes" lots of persons of unfulfilled patterns.

We should prefer good and savoury sayings to blunderbuss talks because it is decent to do so. Also: "Strive or try to make it on your own. Try to get on and up to stuff in some local here and now."

Bad conformity cows, and cheerfulness can be a token of excellence in one's work.

Good instructions are terse - brief and to the point. Yet for the lack of a good education nowadays, many get unfulfilling life conditions in the long run.

"Get Tao" pearl-stringed points may be put nicely into a way of presentation that is much like how Eihei Dogen (1200-53) arranged main outputs. [Link]


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Drucker, Peter. Effektiv bedriftsledelse. Oslo: Gyldendal, 1970. (The Effective Executive. New York: Harper and Row, 1967)

  1. (a) Soul, centre of being. (b) For the idea of otherness, the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics contains interesting opinions [Thd]. (c) Wikipedia, sv. "Other".

  2. Wikipedia, sv "Buddha Nature". Cf "Tathagatagarbha".

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