Women in Buddhism: Images of the Feminine in the Mahayana Tradition

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University of California Press, Apr 23, 1985 - History - 333 pages
"In seeking to explore the interrelationships between, and mutual influence of, varieties of sexual stereotypes and religious views of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, Women in Buddhism succeeds in drawing our attention to matters of philosophical importance. Paul examines the 'image' of women which arise in a number of Buddhist texts associated with Mahayana and finds that, while ideally the tradition purports to be egalitarian, in actual practice it often betrayed a strong misogynist prejudice. Sanskrit and Chinese texts are organized by theme and type, progressing from those which treat the traditionally orthodox and negative to those which set forth a positive consideration of soteriological paths for women. . . . In Women in Buddhism, Diana Paul may be forcing our consideration of the problem of female enlightenment. Thus the main purport and accomplishment of her scholarship is revolutionary."—Philosophy East and West
 

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Contents

Traditional Views of Women
1
The Mother
60
PART H Paths for Women Leading to Salvation
77
Good Daughter and Good
106
B Introduction to Sadaprarudita
115
General Introduction to ASd
134
Introduction to Prabhuta
144
E Introduction to Vasumitra
155
The Bodhisattvas with Sexual
166
The Bodhisattvas Without Sexual
217
PART in Images of the Feminine
247
A Female Buddha? 257
281
Conclusions
303
Glossary 372
312
Bibliography
327
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