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…  See more details below

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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 institutions1
1Buddhist understandings of subjetivity23
2Reflections on Buddhism, gender, and human rights35
3Is the Bhiksuni Vinaya sexist?45
4Transforming conflict, transforming ourselves : Buddhism and social liberation73
5Redefining and expanding the self in conflict resolution89
6Integrating feminist theory and engaged Buddhism : counseling women survivors of gender-based violence101
7Reclaiming the robe : reviving the Bhikkhuni order in Sri Lanka119
8Dharma education for women in the Theravada Buddhist community of Nepal137
9Buddhism, women, and caste : the case of the Newar Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley155
10Trafficking in Buddhist girls : empowerment through prevention165
11Khunying Kanitha : Thailand's advocate for women173
12Crisis as opportunity : nuns and cultural change in the Spiti Valley193
13Spiritual piety, social activism, ad economic realities : the nuns of Mantokuji205
14The infinite worlds of Taiwan's Buddhist nuns219
15Resistance without borders : an exploration of Buddhist nuns across cultures233

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