One recent morning I was reading God’s Dominion; A Sceptic’s Quest, by Ron Graham, an award-winning author and journalist while enjoying my coffee. The book is about a world of many different religions and their leaders and includes fascinating true stories. The author writes from his personal experiences as he travelled across Canada in his search for truthfulness in the various faiths practised within Canada`s borders. His book describes all facets of human nature, from comfort and trust to betrayal, pornography, child abuse, and spiritual teachers attracted to power and abusive behaviour.
As I was reading the part of the book about a Tibetan Buddhist faith teacher, it suddenly came to my mind that throughout the ages, none of the religions of the past or present accepted women as equals. Not that it is such a new thought, but at that moment I became fully aware of the fact that not even the most tolerant religions would allow women to participate in the ways that men have been allowed to participate. [Read more…]