Sónia Gomes Posts

Women in Contemporary Buddhism: A Challenge for the 21st Century

February 16, 2021

In the lore of the early Buddhist canon, the Tipitaka, Sujata is known as the woman who offered sustenance to Siddhartha Gautama. This simple act of kindness on her part saved his life because he was about to faint from the extreme asceticism he had been practicing for six years. In this sense we could …

Gender Equality and Female Empowerment: A Dharmic Responsibility

January 15, 2021

The very notion of gender equality entails the belief that injustice is associated with the concept’s very definition. It is imperative that we reflect deeply on this association. Injustice arises as an inability of society to accept an obvious fact that, naturally, men and women should be equal. The realization that sustainable development is not …

Sacred Feminine

December 23, 2020

“I hope that the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha can be fully clarified and used in our lives without gender distinctions – enlightened beings being respected and honored both men and women, whether young or old, whatever their nationality, ethnicity, skin colour, social and economic status and so on. A world without prejudice discrimination, but rather with …