Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism

the way of the Elders
Post Reply
plwk
Posts: 125
Joined: Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:00 am

Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism

Post by plwk » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:26 am

The recent disrobing of Venerable Sermsak Thammasaro or “Monk Ti” for his dwarfism has spurred discussion about Thai Buddhism and discrimination. According to liberal Buddhist monk Venerable Phramaha Paiwan Warawunno, Monk Ti was disrobed because ordination of the disabled is against the Buddhist Vinaya. According to well-known religious scholar Surapot Thaweesak, Thai Buddhism tends to rule in favour of the clergy, and under the power of the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC), does not allow other parties to pass judgement on cases or issues that crop up. More here
Master Huiguo told me,
'If you know your own mind (just as it really is), you know the Buddha's mind.
If you know the Buddha's mind, you know the minds of all beings.
Knowing the identity of these three minds is Great Awakening.'
Link

thepea
Posts: 38
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:24 pm

Re: Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism

Post by thepea » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:51 pm

That just doesn't seem right.
He's better off without them.

AlexMcLeod
Posts: 129
Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:41 am

Re: Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism

Post by AlexMcLeod » Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:07 am

He should probably just join a different sangha, since that one breaks its own rules.
There is no Emotion, there is Peace;
There is no Ignorance, there is Knowledge;
There is no Passion, there is Serenity;
There is no Death, there is the Force.

User avatar
DNS
Site Admin
Posts: 1877
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:36 pm
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Estados Unidos de América
Contact:

Re: Disability discrimination in Thai Buddhism

Post by DNS » Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:24 am

Ven. Bhaddiya was a dwarf during the time of the Buddha, ordained and attained enlightenment.

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Sāvatthī at Jeta's Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's monastery. And on that occasion Ven. Bhaddiya the Dwarf, following behind a large number of monks, was going to the Blessed One. From afar, the Blessed One saw Ven. Bhaddiya the Dwarf coming, following behind a large number of monks: ugly, unsightly, stunted, treated with condescension by most of the monks. On seeing him, the Blessed One addressed the monks, "Monks, do you see that monk coming from afar, following behind a large number of monks: ugly, unsightly, stunted, treated with condescension by most of the monks?"

"Yes, lord."

"That, monks, is a monk of great power, great might. The attainment already attained by that monk is not of a sort easily attained. And by means of it he has reached & remains in the supreme goal of the holy life for which clansmen rightly go forth from home into homelessness, knowing & realizing it for himself right in the here-&-now."


Udana 7.5

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests