EPISODE #8: “Ajahn Brahm and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the Sangha”
This week, it’s our exclusive audio interview with Ajahn Brahm, abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery. We discuss the reaction to the ordination of a group of Theravāda nuns at his temple, as well as his call for gender equality in Buddhism that was banned from the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014. In addition, Karuna Buddhist Vihara resident Ayya Santussika shares with us her experiences as a nun, and offers thoughts about the most skillful way forward for Buddhist women and their supporters. Plus: Michael Bratton and Donna McCarthy, the president and treasurer of the Alliance for Bhikkhunis, talk to us about the 4th International Bhikkhuni Day and the critical importance of supporting Theravāda nuns.