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By Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Illuminates the lives and considered girls in Buddhist cultures, integrating them extra totally into the feminist conversation.

"The issues of girls and feminist interpretation became extremely important in lots of educational fields within the humanities and social sciences. Buddhist experiences isn't any exception. certainly, the female, girls, sexuality, and gender have nearly turn into a subfield in Buddhist stories. So, the subject of this booklet is necessary in its personal correct but additionally for what it contributes to different fields. What moves me as in particular useful approximately this quantity is its particularly synoptic/inclusive nature, thereby giving it a truly well timed function within the present literature on Buddhism, girls, and sexuality." -- Donald okay. Swearer, writer of The Buddhist global of Southeast Asia

Scholars and practitioners from numerous Buddhist cultures, philosophical traditions, and educational disciplines study very important dimensions of the recent cross-cultural Buddhist women's stream: the prestige and reviews of ladies in Buddhist societies, feminist interpretation of Buddhist tenets, and the connection of girls to Buddhist associations. Buddhist ladies throughout Cultures documents either women's fight for non secular equality in Asian Buddhist cultures in addition to the method of making Buddhist feminist identification throughout nationwide and ethnic limitations as Buddhism earnings recognition within the West. The booklet contributes considerably to an realizing of girls and faith in either Western and non-Western cultures.

Contributors contain Paula Arai, Cait Collins, Lorna Devaraja, Beata provide, Rita Gross, Theja Gunawardhana, Elizabeth Harris, Anne Klein, Sarah Pinto, Dharmacharini Sanghadevi, Sara Shneiderman, Haeju Sunim (Ho-Ryeaon Jeon), Senarat Wijayasundara, and Janice D. Willis.

"What i love so much approximately this publication is the scope--feminism/Buddhism--in pass cultural contexts. there's no different booklet love it. Buddhist girls throughout Cultures articulates important strands of the method which the writer so aptly phrases the feminization of Buddhism.

"This is the one anthology that actually works with those matters from go cultural and feminist views. This perception makes the anthology stand out within the swiftly turning out to be region of Buddhism/feminism--perhaps the major booklet to reconfigure the sector at the moment and for your time to come." -- Jeffner Allen, nation collage of latest York at Binghamton

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At the same time, there are great differences in the assumptions underlying Buddhist and feminist systems of thought. For example, in contrast to the traditional Buddhist emphasis on suffering, impermanence, enlightenment, and happiness in future lives, popular American culture stresses sense pleasures, worldly achievements, immediate gratification, and happiness in this life. American culture encourages self-esteem, self-fulfillment, and selfworth, whereas most Buddhists view an essentialist concept of self as the root of innumerable problems.

She notes that the Mahavibhasa*offers a second interpretation: "According to other teachers, what the Buddha meant was that if women were allowed to enter the monastic order but did not obey the eight additional rules (gurudharma) imposed upon themrules clearly designed to keep them in subordinate positions with respect to menthe saddharma [pure Dharma] would have lasted for only five hundred years. , p. 44. 6. A compendium of unflattering portrayals of women in Buddhist literature appears in Liz Wilson's book, Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of < previous page page_35 next page > If you like this book, buy it!

It is said that because the Bhiksu* Sangha was established five or six years earlier than the Bhiksuni* Sangha, it occupies a position of seniority. This reasoning seems inadequate to explain why monks have held superior positions and commanded greater authority than women not only in Buddhist monasteries, but in all echelons of society, ever since. 65 Although the eight special rules are clearly discriminatory, they are held in abeyance much of the time. Moreover, the authenticity of the eight rules is suspect for a number of reasons, both logical and philological.

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