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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Contents

Acknowledgments
3
A Feminist Sketch
15
Sakyadhita Daughters of the Buddha Roles
29
Do Innate Female Traits and Characteristics Exist?
55
The Feminine Principle Roles and Images of Women
79
A Feminist Analysis
125
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137
Concepts r
153
Mahayana Teachings i
173
Third Turning Teachings and the Vajiayana 1
185
Looking Forward r r r
209
Androgynous Institutions Issues for Lay Monastic
225
Androgynous View New Concerns in Verbalizing
257
Feminism as Academic Method and
291
Notes r r r r r r
319
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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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