A smart Buddhist will not fight pointless battles. Most battles are distractions anyhow.
|Young Buddhist nuns in Burma|
I am sad to see Catholic women waste their talent on single-minded pursuit of ordination, or priests pushing hard for a married clergy. In countries where starvation is a daily threat, these topics seem silly.
There is plenty in Catholic teaching that is useful and beautiful and life-giving. The present Pope has issued stunningly incisive teachings on social justice, poverty and peace, but is dismissed because of his silly statements on birth control increasing AIDS in Africa. He is a great but very imperfect teacher.
Just so the Buddha. He discriminated against women, and so has Buddhism almost everywhere it has blossomed. Buddhists, depending on where they live, are superstitious animists, rigid reactionaries, or (in the West) elitists. Sometimes. So what? Everyone I love has faults and imperfections. Any religion does too. Can a I learn from it and follow it's best teachings in spite of the warts?