renouncing the renunciation

renouncing the renunciation

In the ancient time in India there was a nun. And because it used to, India, probably still now, it is a male dominating society. And this Buddhist nun, she was so concerned about the Buddhist teaching. Degeneration of the Buddha’s teaching and so on and so forth. And she really wants to do something. She has already renounced her life, worldly life, so she is a nun. And she realized that as a woman, in that society, she couldn’t do much. So what did she do? She renounced her Bikshuni vow and she got married with a king and then came Asanga, the greatest commentator of some of the most important Buddhist philosophy, Yogacara school. And as if that was not scandalous enough, she then jilted the prince and married a Brahmin. And then came out Vasubandhu, another great commentator of Yogacara School and many important text today. So this I would say is one of the greatest renunciation. Renouncing the renunciation is probably one of the greatest renunciation.

Buddhism beyond boundaries and time, Nepal 2007