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Buddhist Women and Social Justice
Ideals, Challenges, and Achievements
Buddhist Women and Social Justice
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Karma Lekshe Tsomo - Editor
SUNY series, Feminist Philosophy
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 286 pages
Release Date: October 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6253-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6253-9

Price: $33.95 
Paperback - 286 pages
Release Date: October 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6254-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6254-6

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Looks at Buddhist women's activism for social change from the time of Buddha to the present day.

This book on engaged Buddhism focuses on women working for social justice in a wide range of Buddhist traditions and societies. Contributors document attempts to actualize Buddhism’s liberating ideals of personal growth and social transformation. Dealing with issues such as human rights, gender-based violence, prostitution, and the role of Buddhist nuns, the work illuminates the possibilities for positive change that are available to those with limited power and resources. Integrating social realities and theoretical perspectives, the work utilizes feminist interpretations of Buddhist values and looks at culturally appropriate means of instigating change.

“…this … is a work of socially engaged Buddhism, written by scholars who are practicing Buddhists and social activists.” — Intersections: Gender, History, and Culture in the Asian Context

“This text is well worth the read particularly for those of us who are Christian and somewhat ignorant of Buddhist spirituality. It is refreshing to come to know similar journeys of those from ‘distant lands’ and to realize that what is emerging in the universe is beyond our tradition and control. The call to oneness and wholeness is deep in the heart of humanity.” — Missiology

"Karma Lekshe Tsomo has put together an extremely compelling and useful collection which forges into the newest areas of feminist Buddhist thought and action. She is uniquely positioned to speak with authority and gather a collection which gives specific insight into Buddhist practice in relation to the complex topic of gender in religion." — Julie Gutmann, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"The balance of theory and case studies throughout the book takes this topic in new directions. Tsomo should be congratulated warmly for putting together this important and timely contribution." — Grace G. Burford, author of Desire, Death, and Goodness: The Conflict of Ultimate Values in Theravada Buddhism

Contributors include Lin Chew, Meenakshi Chhabra, Margaret Coberly, Ranjani de Silva, Elise Anne DeVido, David N. Gellner, Paula Green, Anne C. Klein, Khandu Lama, Sarah LeVine, Kathryn L. Norsworthy, Caren I. Ohlson, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, and Diana E. Wright.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She is the author of Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women and the editor of Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations, both also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents


Family, Monastery, and Gender Justice: Reenvisioning Buddhist Institutions
Karma Lekshe Tsomo

PART ONE: Theoretical Foundations for Buddhist Social Action

1. Buddhist Understandings of Subjectivity
Anne Carolyn Klein

2. Reflections on Buddhism, Gender, and Human Rights
Lin Chew

3. Is the Bhiksuni Vinaya Sexist?
Karma Lekshe Tsomo

4. Transforming Conflict, Transforming Ourselves: Buddhism and Social Liberation
Paula Green

5. Redefining and Expanding the Self in Conflict Resolution
Meenakshi Chhabra

6. Integrating Feminist Theory and Engaged Buddhism: Counseling Women Survivors of Gender-based Violence
Kathryn L. Norsworthy

PART TWO: Women Transforming Buddhist Societies

7. Reclaiming the Robe: Reviving the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka
Ranjani de Silva

8. Dharma Education for Women in the Theravada Buddhist Community of Nepal
Sarah LeVine

9. Buddhism, Women, and Caste: The Case of the Newar Buddhists of the Kathmandu Valley
David N. Gellner

10. Trafficking in Buddhist Girls: Empowerment through Prevention
Khandu Lama

11. Khunying Kanitha: Thailand's Advocate for Women
Karma Lekshe Tsomo

12. Crisis as Opportunity: Nuns and Cultural Change in the Spiti Valley
Margaret Coberly

13. Spiritual Piety, Social Activism, and Economic Realities: The Nuns of Mantokuji
Diana E. Wright

14. The Infinite Worlds of Taiwan's Buddhist Nuns
Elise Anne DeVido

15. Resistance without Borders: An Exploration of Buddhist Nuns across Cultures
Caren I. Ohlson


List of Contributors


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