Buddhist Women on the Edge: Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"A superb collection. Not only does this book fill a long-vacant gap, but the quality of work is astonishingly high."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"As this collection reveals, women's perspectives are significantly expanding the American Buddhist agenda. A path-breaking anthology."
-Shambhala Sun

"Dresser has astutely laid out the parameter of contemporary Buddhist thought. This book is important reading regardless of your spiritual tradition or perspective. These essays pose questions at the very heart of existence, morality, and prosperity for thoughtful Americans living into the 21st century. Don't miss this one!"
-Bloomsbury Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556432033
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Inside Astrology Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Wild, Wise, Passionate: Dakinis in America 3
Form, Emptiness; Emptiness, Form 13
Sounds of Silence 19
Persons and Possibilities 39
What Is the Emotional Life of a Buddha? 45
The Light of Outrage: Women, Anger, and Buddhist Practice 51
Bowing, Not Scraping 57
Unlearning Silence: A Further Feminist Revaluation of Buddhist Practice 69
Buddhism and Race: An African American Baptist-Buddhist Perspective 81
Outside In: Buddhism in America 93
The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism 105
Walking a Few Steps Farther 117
The Ruthlessness of the Practice of Compassion 125
Community, Work, Relationship, and Family: Renunciation and Balance in American Buddhist Practice 133
Romantic Vision, Everyday Disappoinment 151
My Tantric Flip-Flop 159
Watering the Garden with My Eyes Closed 163
A Short History of Buddhists at The Tracks 171
Frontier Buddhism 179
Not To Injure Life: A Visit with Ruth Denison 199
Suzuki Sensei's Zen Spirit 209
Coming Home 217
You're Becoming a What? Living as a Western Buddhist Nun 223
Fertile Ground for a Warrior 235
The Dark Clue 243
Wholeheartedness 257
Poetry as Siddhi 263
The Province of the Saved 277
Contemplation and Transformation 287
No Right, No Wrong 293
Glossary 305
Selected Bibliography 309
About the Contributors 315
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