Images of the Feminine in the Mahayana Tradition
This book breaks new ground in offering a number of Buddhist texts concerned with Mahayana Buddhism, a mine of information on women. The author has chosen this material, which has come down to us in Sanskrit and Chinese, with an eye to maintaining a high level of interest. The source material, nineteen episodes, of which nine are translated here for the first time, forms part of the great corpus of Buddhist literature.
This title is a vast collection and compilation of 97 important legends relating to nature and character of women in Buddhist canonical and non-canonical literature which produced a marvellous impact on ethical values of women of all classes, who were moved by the attractive spiritual power of the Buddha's dhamma and renounced the world to lead a pious life in the expectation of a happy rebirth or in order to amiability of rebirth altogether. There were a number of courtesans who led saintly lives after listening to Buddha. Ladies of the Sakya family were naturally the earliest women to come under the influence of the new creed. The women appear to have enjoyed a greater amount of independence and free thinking among the Sakyas than among the peoples of the plains perhaps owing to the same scarcity of women that forced them to enact a law prohibiting multiple marriages. The Therigatha and its commentary tell us in what light the monastic life presented itself to women in the days of Gautama Buddha.
WOMEN IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BUDDHA: Struggle for Liberation in the Therigatha by Blackstone
A detailed exploration of the quest for liberation on the part of the early bhikkhunis. The issue is considered not only on the basis of previous historical studies based on the complicated symbolism of texts, but also in order to unearth the attitudes and assumptions inherent in the text, and to examine the terms, images, events, and situations insofar as they reveal the feminine perspective of the bhikkhunisangha. The author's careful analysis of the language and imagery in the texts allows her to postulate some bold new conclusions.
WOMEN IN TIBET: Past and Present edited by Janet Gyatso and Hanna Havnevik
Filling a gap in the literature, this volume explores the struggles and accomplishments of women from both past and present-day Tibet. Here are queens from the imperial period, yoginis and religious teachers of medieval times, Buddhist nuns, oracles, political workers, medical doctors, and performing artists. Most of the essays focus on the lives of individual women, whether from textual sources or from anthropological data, and show that Tibetan women have apparently enjoyed more freedom than women in many other Asian countries.
WOMEN OF THE WAY: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom by Sallie Tisdale
Known for her books and essays but less well-known as a lay Buddhist teacher and consulting editor to the magazine Tricycle, Tisdale unites her spiritual and feminist concerns by breathing life into historical women of Buddhism. The book constructs a female lineage (line of teachers) for Zen Buddhism, including ancestors known through mythic tales and through Indian, Chinese and Japanese traditional writings. So much of women's history is unwritten that Tisdale "reimagines" the past in a series of stories about individual women who taught and practiced Buddhism. Some sketches are as beautifully done as brush paintings, apparently simple yet the result of skillful rendering of details selected to summon up an unknown and far removed life. Tisdale's descriptive writing is especially imaginative ("Their waters are endlessly broken by canoes and rough sailing boats, and endlessly renewed"). Occasionally, the book is confusing; the Western eye only slowly negotiates the Japanese names that can pile up in any given story of a woman and her family, teachers and temples. Although not a book for beginning students of Buddhism, this compilation of gracefully written stories helps American Buddhism put its egalitarian stamp on the evolving wisdom tradition that originated with the Indian prince Siddhartha 2,500 years ago.
Women of Wisdom is an exploration and celebration of the spiritual potential of women as exemplified by the lives of six Tibetan female mystics. These stories of great women who achieved full illumination, overcoming cultural prejudices and a host of other problems that male practitioners do not encounter, offer insight and inspiration to everyone on the spiritual path.
WOMEN ON THE BUDDHIST PATH: Inspiring Stories from Contemporary Buddhist Women by Martine Batchelor
In Women on the Buddhist Path, Martine Batchelor weaves together the stories and experiences of Buddhist women from the East and the West.
These women come from all walks of life - artists, social workers, psychotherapists, nuns, professors, even a hermit, and a disc jockey. They all follow their unique paths and yet what they have in common is a meditation practice that has transformed their existence. Their stories illustrate how women can integrate Buddhism and meditation into their busy family and working lives. This book is an inspiration not only to Buddhists but also to all women who are seeking to incorporate spirituality into their daily lives.
Throughout Buddhism's history, women have been hindered in their efforts to actualize the fullness of their spiritual lives: they face more obstacles to reaching full ordination, have fewer opportunities to cultivate advanced practice, and receive diminished recognition for their spiritual accomplishments.
Here, a diverse array of scholars, activists, and practitioners explores how women have always managed to sustain a vital place for themselves within the tradition and continue to bring about change in the forms, practices and institutions of Buddhism. In essays ranging from the scholarly to the personal, "Women's Buddhism, Buddhism's Women" describes how women have significantly shaped Buddhism to meet their own needs and the demands of contemporary life.
SOVEREIGN ALL-CREATING MIND THE MOTHERLY BUDDHA: A Translation of Kun byed rgyal po'i mdo by E. K. Neumaier-Dargyay
What distinguishes this Buddhist text from so many others is the timelessness of its ideas. It constitutes a radical attempt toward deconstructing Buddhist philosophy, and presents a feminist perspective on Buddhist spirituality. The text holds the being is the center and depth of existence, and is therefore accessible in everyday experience. The fleeting existence (samsara) is in its depth being, i.e. a state of complete integration (nirvana) which may well be described as divine reality of a feminine dimension.
THE MANDALA OF THE ENLIGHTENED FEMININE, Audio CD By Tsultrim Allione
The Tibetan Buddhist tradition carries exotic tales about fearless female "sky dancers" or "wisdom dakinis" who dance in limitless space and act as messengers, guides, and protectors. These dakinis manifest the feminine wisdom energy that has been stripped from religions and cultures, energy that is so desperately needed in the world today. Let Tsultrim Allione take you on a journey through The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine, where you will learn how to embody the sacred energy of the five dakinis to bring strength, power, and transformation to your life.