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

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

by Karma Lekshe Tsomo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791462544

ISBN-13: 9780791462546

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791462546
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
SUNY series, Feminist Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Family, Monastery, and Gender Justice: Reenvisioning Buddhist Institutions
Karma Lekshe Tsomo

PART ONE: Theoretical Foundations for Buddhist Social Action

1. Buddhist Understandings of Subjectivity
Anne Carolyn Klein

2. Reflections on Buddhism, Gender, and Human Rights
Lin Chew

3. Is the Bhiksuni Vinaya Sexist?
Karma Lekshe Tsomo

4. Transforming Conflict, Transforming Ourselves: Buddhism and Social Liberation
Paula Green

5. Redefining and Expanding the Self in Conflict Resolution
Meenakshi Chhabra

6. Integrating Feminist Theory and Engaged Buddhism: Counseling Women Survivors of Gender-based Violence
Kathryn L. Norsworthy

PART TWO: Women Transforming Buddhist Societies

7. Reclaiming the Robe: Reviving the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka
Ranjani de Silva

8. Dharma Education for Women in the Theravada Buddhist Community of Nepal
Sarah LeVine

9. Buddhism, Women, and Caste: The Case of the Newar Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley
David N. Gellner

10. Trafficking in Buddhist Girls: Empowerment through Prevention
Khandu Lama

11. Khunying Kanitha: Thailand's Advocate for Women
Karma Lekshe Tsomo

12. Crisis as Opportunity: Nuns and Cultural Change in the Spiti Valley
Margaret Coberly

13. Spiritual Piety, Social Activism, and Economic Realities: The Nuns of Mantokuji
Diana E. Wright

14. The Infinite Worlds of Taiwan's Buddhist Nuns
Elise Anne DeVido

15. Resistance without Borders: An Exploration of Buddhist Nuns across Cultures
Caren I. Ohlson

Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

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