Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations by Karma Lekshe Tsomo

By Karma Lekshe Tsomo

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

"The subject matters of girls and feminist interpretation became extremely important in lots of educational fields within the humanities and social sciences. Buddhist reviews isn't any exception. certainly, the female, ladies, sexuality, and gender have almost turn into a subfield in Buddhist reviews. So, the subject of this booklet is critical in its personal correct but additionally for what it contributes to different fields. What moves me as specifically invaluable approximately this quantity is its fairly synoptic/inclusive nature, thereby giving it a truly well timed position within the present literature on Buddhism, girls, and sexuality." -- Donald ok. Swearer, writer of The Buddhist global of Southeast Asia

Scholars and practitioners from quite a few Buddhist cultures, philosophical traditions, and educational disciplines research vital dimensions of the hot cross-cultural Buddhist women's circulation: the prestige and studies of ladies in Buddhist societies, feminist interpretation of Buddhist tenets, and the connection of ladies to Buddhist associations. Buddhist girls 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 profits consciousness within the West. The ebook contributes considerably to an realizing of ladies 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 admire so much approximately this ebook is the scope--feminism/Buddhism--in move cultural contexts. there's no different ebook love it. Buddhist ladies throughout Cultures articulates very important strands of the method which the writer so aptly phrases the feminization of Buddhism.

"This is the single anthology that actually works with those matters from pass cultural and feminist views. This perception makes the anthology stand out within the speedily turning out to be sector of Buddhism/feminism--perhaps the main ebook to reconfigure the sphere at the present and for a while to come." -- Jeffner Allen, kingdom college of latest York at Binghamton

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A major revaluing of women in the tradition is crucialboth a renewed affirmation of women's spiritual worth and an increased appreciation of women's spiritual practice. In the Buddhist worldview, spiritual practice and helping living beings are accorded the highest value, but it is unrealistic to expect women to serve others if their own basic needs are not being met. While literacy is not essential to human happiness, for many women literacy is a major step toward empowerment, allowing women access to improved livelihood, to information on health and hygiene, to upward social mobility, to personal development and greater self-confidence, < previous page page_31 next page > If you like this book, buy it!

A natural process of synthesis and transformation occurs continuously through the reevaluation and reinterpretation of cultural values, resulting in an ongoing symbiosis of imported and indigenous systems of thought. This socially and culturally transformative process, illustrating Buddhism's remarkable tolerance for indigenous beliefs and practices, is strikingly evident today, as Buddhism accommodates to changes in Asia and begins to take root in the West. Once again Buddhism must demonstrate its relevance and effectiveness on a practical levelsynthesizing Asian and Western insights and values, ancient and modern.

One historical source, Dai Nam Thien Uyen Truyen Dang Tap Luc, states that a princess of the Ly dynasty, Dieu Nhan (d. ), became the first Vietnamese bhiksuni *. Other sources, cited by Ven. E. E. Thich Man Giac states that Bhiksuni Pho Minh was ordained by a bhiksu*, Truc Phap Do. The orthodox procedure for the bhiksuni ordination requires bhiksuni as well as bhiksu preceptors. 38. This history is recounted in Akira Hirakawa, "The History of Buddhist Nuns in Japan," Buddhist Christian Studies 12 (1992): 143-58.

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