What is the role of women in buddhism?
G Buddhism is not a monolithic structure. Some some treat the historical Buddha as though he were a deity. That position also rationalizes the Tibetan autocracy. Others think that the sutra they believe in is the only one that matters. They tend to be autocratic and patriarchial too. There is one sect whose leader continually praises women and recognizes that the historically unique development of the organization he heads is spearheaded by women and that, without them, the group would not be what it has become, and could not become what it can. Daisaku Ikeda is the only Japanese leader who continually appears in photos with his wife and writes “My wife and I have been chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the heatlth and happiness of all the members and other people of the world.” The SGI is over 60% women and their importance is in no way ignored.