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Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations (review)

Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations (review) 278 BOOK REVIEWS BUDDHIST WOMEN ACROSS CULTURES: REALIZATIONS. Edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. Pp. viii + This collection of essays on women in Buddhism largely succeeds in fulfilling Tsomo’s goal of documenting “Buddhist women’s actual involvement” in the Buddhist tradi- tion (p. 1). Her introduction provides a very informative and well-supported descrip- tion of the history and current status of Buddhist women around the world, focus- ing on Asia but including the West as well. In the introduction and in her essays on women in the Tibetan and Himalayan region and in Buddhist and Christian tradi- tions, she provides a feminist critique of gender discrimination in the Buddhist tradi- tion as well as prescriptions for transforming the existing tradition in ways that would make it more egalitarian. These include “consciously validating women’s accomplish- ments,” reinterpreting religious texts with gender sensitive lenses, and the ordination of women (pp. 256–257). The essays in the volume as a whole carry forward Tsomo’s examination of both sides of the equation of women and Buddhism— that is, how the Buddhist tradition has treated women overall as well as how women have responded to and are working http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 20 – Jan 1, 2001

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University of Hawai'I Press
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278 BOOK REVIEWS BUDDHIST WOMEN ACROSS CULTURES: REALIZATIONS. Edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. Pp. viii + This collection of essays on women in Buddhism largely succeeds in fulfilling Tsomo’s goal of documenting “Buddhist women’s actual involvement” in the Buddhist tradi- tion (p. 1). Her introduction provides a very informative and well-supported descrip- tion of the history and current status of Buddhist women around the world, focus- ing on Asia but including the West as well. In the introduction and in her essays on women in the Tibetan and Himalayan region and in Buddhist and Christian tradi- tions, she provides a feminist critique of gender discrimination in the Buddhist tradi- tion as well as prescriptions for transforming the existing tradition in ways that would make it more egalitarian. These include “consciously validating women’s accomplish- ments,” reinterpreting religious texts with gender sensitive lenses, and the ordination of women (pp. 256–257). The essays in the volume as a whole carry forward Tsomo’s examination of both sides of the equation of women and Buddhism— that is, how the Buddhist tradition has treated women overall as well as how women have responded to and are working

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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