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Switch to Forum Live View im new, im a woman where do i start how?
4 years ago  ::  Jun 20, 2011 - 1:24PM #1
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im new to theravada buddhism. im a woman i heard that its mostly men in this religion is that true? i also heard that we only eat from sunrise to noon is that true? where do i start how do i start? im so lost...
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 26, 2012 - 7:53PM #2
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I know this reply is late, but if you read it, it may help.  Theravada Buddhism is not really just for men.  However, some cultures (e.g. Thai) have deemed it so that only men may become monks.  It actually happened a few decades after the Buddha died.  Theravada monks can trace their liniage directly back to the Buddha.  During the Buddha's time, there were nuns on par with monks (both his mother and wife were nuns).  However, a few decades after, Indian culture polluted Buddhism and made it so women could not ordain and so monks could not touch women.  In order to become a monk/nun a monk must touch the candadite. 

However, having said that, as a woman, you can still practice meditation and learn the Dharma and become enlightened. 

The eating thing only applies to monks.

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