Buddhist Women and Social Justice: Ideals, Challenges, and by Karma Lekshe Tsomo PDF


By Karma Lekshe Tsomo

ISBN-10: 0791462536

ISBN-13: 9780791462539

Looks at Buddhist women's activism for social swap from the time of Buddha to the current day.

This ebook on engaged Buddhism makes a speciality of girls operating for social justice in quite a lot of Buddhist traditions and societies. members record makes an attempt to actualize Buddhism’s freeing beliefs of non-public progress and social transformation. facing matters similar to human rights, gender-based violence, prostitution, and the position of Buddhist nuns, the paintings illuminates the chances for confident switch which are on hand to these with constrained strength and assets. Integrating social realities and theoretical views, the paintings makes use of feminist interpretations of Buddhist values and appears at culturally applicable technique of instigating change.

“…this … is a piece of socially engaged Buddhism, written via students who're practising Buddhists and social activists.” — Intersections: Gender, historical past, and tradition within the Asian Context

“This textual content is definitely definitely worth the learn quite for these people who're Christian and just a little unaware of Buddhist spirituality. it truly is clean to return to understand comparable trips of these from ‘distant lands’ and to achieve that what's rising within the universe is past our culture and keep an eye on. the decision to oneness and wholeness is deep within the center of humanity.” — Missiology

"Karma Lekshe Tsomo has prepare an exceptionally compelling and beneficial assortment which forges into the latest components of feminist Buddhist proposal and motion. She is uniquely located to talk with authority and assemble a suite which provides particular perception into Buddhist perform with regards to the complicated subject of gender in religion." — Julie Gutmann, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"The stability of conception and case stories during the ebook takes this subject in new instructions. Tsomo might be congratulated warmly for placing jointly this significant and well timed contribution." — Grace G. Burford, writer of Desire, dying, and Goodness: The clash of final Values in Theravada Buddhism

Contributors comprise Lin chunk, Meenakshi Chhabra, Margaret Coberly, Ranjani de Silva, Elise Anne DeVido, David N. Gellner, Paula eco-friendly, Anne C. Klein, Khandu Lama, Sarah LeVine, Kathryn L. Norsworthy, Caren I. Ohlson, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, and Diana E. Wright.

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Western readers tend to hear such discussions primarily in terms of mind, as if the body were unimportant (though many of the same Buddhist texts just mentioned make clear that it is, with their focus on posture, breath, or a full-scale reimaging of the body as divine). Thus, it is important to note that descriptions of “unmarked subjectivity” are not unmoored from the body. Indeed, when it comes to describing more subtle states of consciousness, including but not limited to those often called mystical, it is especially important to note what is occurring in the body.

191–218; “Nondualism and the Great Bliss Queen: A Study in Tibetan Buddhist Ontology and Symbolism,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 1:1 (1985): 73–98; and “Primordial Purity and Everyday Life: Exalted Female Symbols and the Women of Tibet,” in Immaculate and Powerful: The Female in Sacred Image and Social Reality, Clarissa W. , eds. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1985), pp. 111–38. 4. Adrienne Cecile Rich, Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (New York: W. W. Norton, 1986), pp.

Body is both subject and object of meditation—and subject and object of experience in general. The body also becomes transformed in the process of meditation. The body itself can be the point of focus, and changes in bodily experience are classic outcomes of meditative endeavor. This is a well-known fact that has not been adequately incorporated into our understanding of body, either by scholars, feminists, or ordinary women and men who walk around, lo and behold, embodied. The famous Foundations of Mindfulness Su¯tra5 enjoins the practitioner to watch the breath, as do countless other traditions.

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