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Buddhist Goddesses of India

Buddhist Goddesses of India

by Miranda Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691127581

ISBN-13: 9780691127583

Pub. Date: 10/16/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses—graceful nature divinities, maternal nurturers, potent healers, mighty protectors, transcendent wisdom figures, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. Despite their importance in Buddhist thought and practice, female deities have received relatively little scholarly attention, and no

Overview

The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses—graceful nature divinities, maternal nurturers, potent healers, mighty protectors, transcendent wisdom figures, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. Despite their importance in Buddhist thought and practice, female deities have received relatively little scholarly attention, and no comprehensive study of the female pantheon has been available.

Buddhist Goddesses of India chronicles the histories, legends, and artistic portrayals of nineteen goddesses and several related human figures and texts. Beautifully illustrated and drawing on a sweeping range of material, from devotional poetry and meditation manuals to rituals and artistic images, Shaw reveals the character, powers, and practice traditions of the female divinities in this definitive and essential guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127583
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/16/2006
Pages:
602
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Transliteration xi

Introduction 1

Part One: Ascent of the Sacred Female in Early Buddhism

Chapter 1: Prthiv: Mother Earth 17

Chapter 2: Mayadev: The Buddha's Wondrous Mother and Her Sacred Grove 38

Chapter 3: Yaksins: Voluptuous, Magical Nature Spirits 62

Chapter 4: Sri Laksmi: Glorious Good Fortune 94

Chapter 5: Hariti: Goddess of Motherly Love 110

Chapter 6: Female Buddhas: The Case of Gotami 143

Part Two: Mahayana Mothers of Liberation

Chapter 7: Goddesses in the Flower Ornament Scripture 155

Chapter 8: Praj~naparamita: Luminous Mother of Perfect Wisdom 166

Chapter 9: Parnasavar: Healing Goddess Clothed in Leaves 188

Chapter 10: Mairci: Lady of Sunrise Splendor 203

Chapter 11: Janguli: The Buddhist Snake Goddess 224

Chapter 12: Sarasvati: Divine Muse 234

Chapter 13: Vasudhara: Lady Bountiful 247

Chapter 14: Cunda: Saving Grace 265

Chapter 15: Sitatapatra: Invincible Goddess With a Thousand Heads and Hands 276

Chapter 16: Usnisavijaya: Bestower of Long Life and Immortality 291

Chapter 17: Tara: Mahayana Buddha, Universal Savior 306

Part Three: Tantric Female Buddhas

Chapter 18: Vajrayogini: Her Dance Is Total Freedom 357

Chapter 19: Nairatmya: Her Body Is the Sky 387

Chapter 20: Chinnamunda: Severed-Headed Goddess 403

Chapter 21: Simhamukha: Lion-Faced Female Buddha 418

Chapter 22: Kurukulla: Red Enchantress with Flowered Bow 432

Epilogue 448

Notes 453

Glossary of Tibetan 521

Bibliography 525

Index 553

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