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By Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Illuminates the lives and considered girls in Buddhist cultures, integrating them extra absolutely into the feminist conversation.

"The issues of ladies and feminist interpretation became extremely important in lots of educational fields within the humanities and social sciences. Buddhist reviews is not any exception. certainly, the female, ladies, sexuality, and gender have almost develop into a subfield in Buddhist reviews. So, the subject of this e-book is necessary in its personal correct but additionally for what it contributes to different fields. What moves me as specifically helpful approximately this quantity is its rather synoptic/inclusive nature, thereby giving it a really well timed function within the present literature on Buddhism, ladies, and sexuality." -- Donald ok. Swearer, writer of The Buddhist international of Southeast Asia

Scholars and practitioners from a number of Buddhist cultures, philosophical traditions, and educational disciplines learn vital dimensions of the hot cross-cultural Buddhist women's stream: the prestige and reviews of girls in Buddhist societies, feminist interpretation of Buddhist tenets, and the connection of ladies to Buddhist associations. Buddhist girls throughout Cultures documents either women's fight for non secular equality in Asian Buddhist cultures in addition to the method of making Buddhist feminist id throughout nationwide and ethnic barriers as Buddhism profits consciousness within the West. The publication contributes considerably to an realizing of ladies and faith in either Western and non-Western cultures.

Contributors comprise Paula Arai, Cait Collins, Lorna Devaraja, Beata furnish, Rita Gross, Theja Gunawardhana, Elizabeth Harris, Anne Klein, Sarah Pinto, Dharmacharini Sanghadevi, Sara Shneiderman, Haeju Sunim (Ho-Ryeaon Jeon), Senarat Wijayasundara, and Janice D. Willis.

"What i admire such a lot approximately this e-book is the scope--feminism/Buddhism--in go cultural contexts. there is not any different publication love it. Buddhist ladies throughout Cultures articulates important strands of the method which the writer so aptly phrases the feminization of Buddhism.

"This is the single anthology that truly works with those matters from move cultural and feminist views. This perception makes the anthology stand out within the swiftly transforming into region of Buddhism/feminism--perhaps the main ebook to reconfigure the sphere at the moment and for it slow to come." -- Jeffner Allen, country collage of latest York at Binghamton

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263. 24. " Byles, Journey, p. 119. 25. , p. 124. 26. These are the regulations of monastic discipline contained in the Vinaya. In the Theravada * tradition preserved in Pali* translation there are 227 precepts for bhiksus*and 311 precepts for bhiksunis*, in the Dharmagupta tradition preserved in Chinese translation there are 250 for bhiksus and 348 for bhiksunis, and in the Mulasarvastivadin* tradition preserved in Tibetan translation there are 253 for bhiksus and 364 for bhiksunis. See Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women: A Comparative Analysis of the Dharmagupta and Mulasarvastivada* Bhiksuni* Pratimoksa* Sutras*(Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996).

2009 10:42:26] page_29 < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 the tradition and forum for voicing women's concerns are key elements in the personal and intellectual dynamics of this process. As patriarchal as Buddhist institutions may be, the boundaries imposed by gender are not as rigid as may be assumed. For example, there are no statutes in Buddhism that discriminate laywomen from laymen. Whatever can be practiced by men can be practiced by women and whatever can be achieved by men can be achieved by women.

Men who disrobe, having gained a high-quality education free of charge, are eligible to apply for administrative posts in the secular sphere, and may assume positions of considerable influence in politics and governmentopportunities remote for women. Although the temples in these countries are thronged with women and supported primarily by them, women play no significant role in Buddhist religious hierarchies. The superior position that monks occupy in Buddhist religious institutions requires explanation.

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