Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and by Rita M. Gross

By Rita M. Gross

This ebook surveys either the half ladies have performed in Buddhism traditionally and what Buddhism could turn into in its post-patriarchal destiny. the writer completes the Buddhist ancient checklist by means of discussing girls, frequently absent from histories of Buddhism, and he or she presents the 1st feminist research of the main strategies present in Buddhist faith. Gross demonstrates that the middle teachings of Buddhism advertise gender fairness instead of male dominance, regardless of the customarily sexist practices present in Buddhist associations all through heritage.

"The energy of this e-book comes from the mix of the fervour and analytic ability that Gross brings to this feminist reconstruction of the Buddhist culture. it's a ebook that are supposed to tell all introductory sessions on Buddhism. via a reexamination of easy texts, Gross describes women's stories in numerous cultures and epochs, and exhibits their relevance for the Buddha's route to Enlightenment in addition to for the social roles and photographs of girls in several occasions and places." -- Frederick J. Streng, Southern Methodist University

"Gross has written the magnum opus of feminist critique and revisioning of Buddhism. This has nice theoretical and functional value for feminist theology in its international inter-faith discussion. the actual advantage of this publication is its bridging of top quality scholarship and accessibility to the non-expert."-- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garrett Theological Seminary and Northwestern University

"The booklet will fill a true, certainly pressing, desire and be of significant provider to many Buddhists and scholars, students and associates of Buddhism. listed below are a few of its many strengths: It in actual fact harvests years of impassioned research and event, deals refreshingly daring, unique and well-reasoned arguments, and offers with vital questions that just a girl who's either a pupil and practitioner could appropriately realize. It correctly combines either textual paintings and historical/anthropological views, besides a essentially delineated feminist theoretical stance. It deals a beneficial assessment of the jobs of girls and discerning comparisons among them. The feminist research of key Buddhist techniques is great, specially problems with gender in terms of selflessness, feelings, nonduality. those burning concerns for plenty of Western ladies assembly Buddhism obtain right here very considerate, thorough, unique remedy. The 'prophetic voice' that Gross overtly brings to the Buddhist culture is welcome, relocating and appropriate." -- Joanna R. Macy

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I would suggest that the rules, norms, and conventions that prevented women from becoming major teachers of the community at large were most central. In a tradition that thrives and survives on the transmission of knowledge and insight from generation to generation of teacher and student, any group that is structurally prohibited from becoming important teachers will be seriously demeaned and diminished. Furthermore, the tradition will be seriously impoverished by the lack of their voices and insights.

If women are ordained into world renunciation, what will be their status and relations with the male renunciates? In dealing with these two questions, we will see that though the Buddha is not represented as a misogynist, he does come through as androcentric and patriarchal. And, I would suggest that, while the misogynist comments may well be later editorial comments, the androcentrism and patriarchy are not. Why would the Buddha not have immediately acceded to Prajapati's request? Why, in fact, did he wait for her to come forward rather than encouraging women to become world renouncers, as he had already encouraged men?

Both monks and nuns recite such litanies to themselves and to others.

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