Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism

Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism

by Miranda Shaw

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Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism by Miranda Shaw

The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents, who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual ecstasy. Historians of religion have long held that the enlightenment thus attempted was for men only, and that women in the movement were at best marginal and subordinated and at worst degraded and exploited. Miranda Shaw argues to the contrary, presenting extensive new evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691010908
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/18/1995
Series: Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 1,237,110
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Miranda Shaw is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Richmond.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Guide to Transliteration
Ch. 1Seeking the Traces of Sky-Dancers3
Ch. 2Tantric Buddhism in India: Religious and Historical Introduction20
Ch. 3Women in Tantric Theory: Powerful and Auspicious35
Ch. 4Women in Tantric Circles: Adepts and Experts74
Ch. 5Women in Tantric History: Founders and Pioneers101
Ch. 6Women in Tantric Relationships: Intimacy as a Path to Enlightenment140
Ch. 7Spontaneous Jewellike Yogini on Passion and Enlightenment179
Ch. 8Conclusions195

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