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These include total subordination to monks; the most senior nuns are to be considered "junior" to a monk of one day.
Some scholars point to discrepancies between the Pali Bhikkuni Vinaya (the section of the Pali Canon dealing with the rules for nuns) and other versions of the texts and suggest the more odious rules were added after the Buddha's death.
This opinion pops up in time to time in other Mahayana scriptures, although I'm not aware of it being in the Pali Canon.
On the other hand, the Vimalakirti Sutra teaches that maleness and femaleness, like other phenomenal distinctions, are essentially unreal.
Can Buddhism treat women as equals, and remain Buddhism?
Let's begin at the beginning, with the historical Buddha.
Ananda was still a child when the first nuns were ordained, for example, so he couldn't very well have been on hand to advise the Buddha. The most significant of these rules are called the Eight Garudhammas ("heavy rules").If there are no living ordained nuns, according to the rules, there can be no nun ordinations.This effectively ended full nun ordination in the Theravada orders of southeast Asia; women there can be novices only.According to the Pali Vinaya and other early scriptures, the Buddha originally refused to ordain women as nuns.He said that allowing women into the sangha would cause his teachings to survive only half as long –- 500 years instead of a 1,000.
There is gender inequality in most of the world's religions, of course, but that's no excuse.