Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self

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Shambhala, 1995 - Religion - 307 pages
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Despite the daunting barriers of geography and language that separate them, Buddhism and contemporary feminism have much to say to each other. Buddhist practices such as mindfulness (in which calm centering and keen awareness of change coexist) and compassion (in which the self is recognized as both powerful in itself and interdependently connected with all others) can be important resources for contemporary women, while feminism can expand the traditional horizons of Buddhist concerns to include social, historical, and psychological issues. The image and ritual of the Great Bliss Queen, an important Buddhist figure of enlightenment, form the unifying theme of the book modeling the practices and theory that can assist each of us in being at one with ourselves and fully engaged with others.
 

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The paradox of identity-self with others-is examined by a Buddhist feminist and author who has studied under Tibetan lamas. After joining a women's studies program at Harvard Divinity School in 1982 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Opening the Conversation and Meeting the Great Bliss Queen
3
Persons Then and Now Here and There
25
Practice and Theory
59
Mindfulness and Subjectivity
61
Gain or Drain? Compassion and the SelfOther Boundary
89
Self One Exists the Other Doesnt
123
Women and the Great Bliss Queen
147
Nondualism and the Great Bliss Queen
149
Becoming the Great Bliss Queen Her Ritual
170
Inconclusion
195
Notes
207
Glossary
277
Bibliography
283
Index
303
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