History (or Her-story) of Women in Buddhism

with Ayya Tathaaloka

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‘Buddha! Hero! Praise be to you!
You foremost among all beings!
You who have released me from pain,
And so many other beings too.

All suffering has been understood.
The source of craving has withered.
Cessation has been touched by me
On the noble eight-fold path.

I’ve been mother and son before;
And father, brother — grandmother too.
Not understanding what was real,
I flowed-on without finding [peace].

But now I’ve seen the Blessed One!
This is my last compounded form.
The on-flowing of birth has expired.
There’s no more re-becoming now.

See the gathering of followers:
Putting forth effort, self controlled,
Always with strong resolution
—This is how to honor the Buddhas!

Surely for the good of so many
Did Maya give birth to Gotama,
Who bursts asunder the mass of pain
Of those stricken by sickness and death.’

– Mahā Pajāpatī Gotamī Therīgāthā
A Mother’s Blessing Thig 6.6
– Source : www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/thig/thig.06.06.olen.html

Discourses of the Ancient Nuns
(Bhikkhūnī Saṃyutta)
translated from the Pali by
Bhikkhu Bodhi

Source : www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bl143.html

– Posted by CFFong