Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Philosophy - 365 pages
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This book surveys both the part women have played in Buddhism historically and what Buddhism might become in its post-patriarchal future. The author completes the Buddhist historical record by discussing women, usually absent from histories of Buddhism, and she provides the first feminist analysis of the major concepts found in Buddhist religion. Gross demonstrates that the core teachings of Buddhism promote gender equity rather than male dominance, despite the often sexist practices found in Buddhist institutions throughout history.
  

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This was a great and clear exploration of feminist issues within Buddhist philosophy and society throughout history, and I'm certain I'll come back to it for new ideas and approaches to my practice ... Read full review

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Great ideas organized unforgivably poorly; the lecture she gave at my school was so amazing though I think her next book will be awesome...! Read full review

Contents

Strategies for a Feminist Revalorization of Buddhism
3
Orientation to Buddhism Approaches Basics and Contours
7
Why Bother? What Is an Accurate and Usable Past Good for?
17
Sakyadhita Daughters of the Buddha Roles and Images of Women in Early Indian Buddhism
29
Do Innate Female Traits and Characteristics Exist? Roles and Images of Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism
55
The Feminine Principle Roles and Images of Women in Indian and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism
79
Conclusions Tokens and Heroines
115
Resources for a Buddhist Feminism
125
Gender and BuddhaNature Feminist Comments on ThirdTurning Teachings and on the Vajrayana
185
Verdicts and Judgments Looking Backward Looking Forward
209
Androgynous Institutions Issues for Lay Monastic and Yogic Practitioners
225
Androgynous View New Concerns in Verbalizing the Dharma
257
RELATIONSHIP AND ENLIGHTENMENT
258
SACRED OUTLOOK AND EVERYDAY LIFE
269
VISION AND TRANSCENDENCE IN REMAKING THE WORLD
280
HERE I STAND FEMINISM AS ACADEMIC METHOD AND AS SOCIAL VISION
291

Setting the Stage Presuppositions of the Buddhist Worldview
137
Strategies for a Feminist Analysis of Key Buddhist Concepts
153
Gender and Egolessness Feminist Comments on Basic Buddhist Teachings
157
Gender and Emptiness Feminist Comments on the Mahayana
173
RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AND THE STUDY OF RELIGION THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS
305
NOTES
319
BIBLIOGRAPHY
339
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About the author (1993)

Rita M. Gross is Professor of Comparative Studies in Religion at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. A former president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, she is the editor of Beyond Androcentrism: New Essays on Women and Religion, and with Nancy Falk, of Unspoken Worlds: Women's Religious Lives. She is also the author of numerous articles and essays on women and religion.

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