We send our best wishes for a most auspicious 2020, in addition to celebrating Chinese New Year in February and Songkran in April!
This issue of Seeds of Peace highlights sessions from INEB’s recent conference held in Deer Park, Bir, India, during October 2019. Among them are The Culture of Living and Dying, and the ‘Me Too’ Movement within Buddhism and global Buddhist women’s solidarity for gender equality. One specific outcome was that the coalition for Gender Equality and Gender Justice emerged during discussions held during the conference.
This issue includes several articles on addressing gender justice and equality in Buddhist countries, especially in monasteries where young boys have been preyed upon by monks and abbots, in addition to the ongoing inequality and challenges that Buddhist women continually encounter. Perhaps the gender scales are tipping more in favor of women as Dhammananda Bhikkhuni was named by the BBC as one the 100 most influential women of 2019.2020-NO1