Buddhist Women and Social Justice: Ideals, Challenges, and Achievements

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Karma Lekshe Tsomo
SUNY Press, Oct 14, 2004 - Philosophy - 280 pages
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This book on engaged Buddhism focuses on women working for social justice in a wide range of Buddhist traditions and societies. Contributors document attempts to actualize Buddhism’s liberating ideals of personal growth and social transformation. Dealing with issues such as human rights, gender-based violence, prostitution, and the role of Buddhist nuns, the work illuminates the possibilities for positive change that are available to those with limited power and resources. Integrating social realities and theoretical perspectives, the work utilizes feminist interpretations of Buddhist values and looks at culturally appropriate means of instigating change.
 

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Contents

Family Monastery and Gender Justice Reenvisioning Buddhist Institutions
1
Theoretical Foundations for Buddhist Social Action
21
Buddhist Understandings of Subjectivity
23
Reflections on Buddhism Gender and Human Rights
35
Is The Bhiksum Vinaya Sexist?
45
Transforming Conflict Transforming Ourselves Buddhism and Social Liberation
73
Redefining and Expanding the Self in Conflict Resolution
89
Integrating Feminist Theory and Engaged Buddhism Counseling Women Survivors of GenderBased Violence
101
Buddhism Women and Caste The Case of the Newar Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley
155
Trafficking in Buddhist Girls Empowerment through Prevention
165
Khunying Kanitha Thailands Advocate for Women
173
Crisis as Opportunity Nuns and Cultural Change in the Spiti Valley
193
Spiritual Piety Social Activism and Economic Realities The Nuns of Mantokuji
205
The Infinite Worlds of Taiwans Buddhist Nuns
219
Resistance without Borders An Exploration of Buddhist Nuns across Cultures
233
Bibliography
253

Women Transforming Buddhist Societies
117
Reclaiming the Robe Reviving the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka
119
Dharma Education for Women in the Theravada Buddhist Community of Nepal
137
List of Contributors
265
Index
269
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Karma Lekshe Tsomo is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She is the author of Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women and the editor of Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations, both also published by SUNY Press.

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