Buddhist Goddesses of India

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Princeton University Press, 2006 - Religion - 571 pages
6 Reviews

"Beautifully written and erudite, this book fills a need in the growing literature about goddesses in Buddhism. The goddesses are meticulously researched and brilliantly analyzed. Destined to become a classic in the field, Buddhist Goddesses of India leaves no doubt that goddesses have been central, not peripheral, to Buddhism, even from the earliest traceable beginnings of the tradition."--Susan L. Huntington, author of "The Art of Ancient India"

"A jewel. A very significant contribution to the field."--Adalbert J. Gail, Freie Universitat Berlin

"Miranda Shaw comprehensively demonstrates the importance of the feminine divine in Buddhism. She draws together art, scripture, myth, and ritual to bring these goddesses and female Buddhas alive, producing a definitive resource for scholars of Buddhism and of women's spirituality. With her eloquent translations and scrupulous analyses, Shaw has given us a treasure of religious insight into the sacred feminine."--Patricia Monaghan, Depaul University, author of "Goddess Path"

"This work is a masterpiece. Shaw's fascinating study deepens our
understanding of the divine feminine in South Asia. Her luminous
writing carries the reader through an amazing terrain that is rich with
historical discoveries and vivid portraits of a remarkable female
pantheon."--Graham M. Schweig, author of "Dance of Divine Love: India's Classic Sacred Love Story" and "Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song""

 

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User Review  - Sara Gray - Goodreads

This was an engaging resource on the iconography of Mayayana and Tantric goddesses of Buddhism. Having read mostly American interpretations of Zen, I was surprised at how much Hindu goddesses had been ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Used this as a reference book for certain pieces and did not read the whole book. The information that I did access from here was very useful and I would recommend it. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Prthivi Mother Earth
17
Mayadevi The Buddhas Wondrous mother and Her Sacred Grove
38
Yaksinis Voluptuous Magical Nature Spirits
62
Sri Laksmi Glorious Good Fortune
94
Hariti Goddess of Motherly Love
110
Female Buddhas The Case of Gotami
143
Goddesses in the Flower Ornament Scripture
155
Sitatapatra Invicible Goddess With a Thousand Heads and Hands
276
Usnisacijaya Bestower of Long Life and Immortality
291
Tara Mahayana Buddha Universal Savior
306
Vajrayogini Her Dance Is Total Freedom
357
Nairatmya Her Body Is the Sky
387
Chinnamunda SeveredHeaded Goddess
403
Simhamukha LionFaced Female Buddha
418
Kurukulla Red Enchantress with Flowered Bow
432

Prajnaparamita Luminous Mother of Perfect Wisdom
166
Parnasavari Healing Goddess Clothed in Leaves
188
Marici Lady of Sunrise Splendor
203
Janguli The Buddhist Snake Goddess
224
Sarasvati Divine Muse
234
Vasudhara Lady Bountiful
247
CUNDA Saving Grace
265
Epilogue
448
Notes
453
Glossary of Tibetan
521
Bibliography
525
Index
553
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