The basic Buddhist stance
The basic Buddhist stance on the question of equality between the genders is age-old.
As a Buddhist monk, my concern extends to all members of the human family and, indeed, to all sentient beings who suffer.
Firstly, as a Buddhist monk, I hold that violence is not good. Secondly, I am a firm believer in the Gandhian ethic of passive resistance. And Thirdly, in reality, violence is not our strength.
In the Buddhist context, light is particularly associated with wisdom and knowledge; darkness is associated with ignorance and a state of mis-knowledge. The metaphor of light is a common image in all the major religious traditions.
We are not well equipped to be aggressive beings. Even the size of our mouth is very small. So I think the basic nature of human beings should be gentle.If the basic human nature was aggressive, we would have been born with animal claws and huge teeth.
There are many optionsâ€”some 70 trillionâ€”that one human can become, based on the assortment of parental genes. Yet just one option is taken, and if the question is askedâ€”why?â€”then karma is directly related to this question.