Buddhist Women on the Edge Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier

ISBN-10: 1556432038

ISBN-13: 9781556432033

Edition: N/A

Authors: Marianne Dresser

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As Buddhism is assimilated into the West, it is imperative that women reshape its patriarchal structures and carve out a fully legitimate, empowering position for themselves. Marianne Dresser brings together the likes of Pema Chodron, Tsultrim Allione, and bell hooks, 30 women in all, who are doing just that. Writers, nuns, scholars, priests--even a martial arts master and a private investigator--discuss women in Buddhism in a range of essays. Several pieces question the suppression of emotion required for selflessness, appealing to the undeniable reality of day-to-day living. Others discuss their experiences as women in Buddhism, whether as nuns or as lay practitioners. Still others address the history of women in Buddhism, racial questions, meditation, poetry, compassion, social activism, and sexual orientation. Most of these writers have been in Buddhism for two or three decades and offer a wealth of experience and insights, targeted at women readers but no less valuable to men.
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List price: $17.95
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 8/22/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Editor's Introduction
Wild, Wise, Passionate: Dakinis in America
Form, Emptiness; Emptiness, Form
Sounds of Silence
Persons and Possibilities
What Is the Emotional Life of a Buddha?
The Light of Outrage: Women, Anger, and Buddhist Practice
Bowing, Not Scraping
Unlearning Silence: A Further Feminist Revaluation of Buddhist Practice
Buddhism and Race: An African American Baptist-Buddhist Perspective
Outside In: Buddhism in America
The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
Walking a Few Steps Farther
The Ruthlessness of the Practice of Compassion
Community, Work, Relationship, and Family: Renunciation and Balance in American Buddhist Practice
Romantic Vision, Everyday Disappoinment
My Tantric Flip-Flop
Watering the Garden with My Eyes Closed
A Short History of Buddhists at The Tracks
Frontier Buddhism
Not To Injure Life: A Visit with Ruth Denison
Suzuki Sensei's Zen Spirit
Coming Home
You're Becoming a What? Living as a Western Buddhist Nun
Fertile Ground for a Warrior
The Dark Clue
Poetry as Siddhi
The Province of the Saved
Contemplation and Transformation
No Right, No Wrong
Selected Bibliography
About the Contributors
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