Please discuss the prompt provided and complete short essay of approximately 500 words (about 2 pages double spaced).
Prompt: The Buddha was known to have said that if women had been allowed into the Sangha from the start, the impact of the Dharma would have only lasted half as long. What do you think he meant by this? Do you think the Buddha was against women, or were there other factors that the Buddha was addressing?
Use at least two different peer reviewed sources to help substantiate your points. One of the sources should come from one of the assigned readings, and I would like at least one other source to come from outside our course texts. There are some great resources out there to help you find appropriate peer reviewed source material. One place to find some good journal articles is JSTOR (www.jstor.org). Avoid using websites, as often these are not the most reliable and lack peer reviewed status. When providing these sources, you must use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS or Chicago Style).
Your essays will be graded on the following criteria:
a) evidence that the factual material called for in the question is presented and documented;
b) coherence of the essay in organization and structure;
c) ability to engage critically and analytically with the topic
d) evidence of creative thinking;
e) correct annotation of sources and presentation of bibliography;
f) correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
Sources that could help: