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The power of denial : Buddhism, purity, and gender

Author: Bernard Faure
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
Series: Buddhisms.
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"Innumerable studies have appeared in recent decades about practically every aspect of women's lives in Western societies. The few such works on Buddhism have been quite limited in scope. In The Power of Denial, Bernard Faure takes an important step toward redressing this situation by boldly asking: does Buddhism offer women liberation or limitation? Continuing the innovative exploration of sexuality in Buddhism he  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Faure
ISBN: 0691091706 9780691091709 0691091714 9780691091716
OCLC Number: 49626418
Description: ix, 466 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: "Soaring and settling" : too soon? --
The cultural approach --
Gender revisited --
Gendering Buddhism --
pt. 1 Buddhism and women. The second order. The evolution of the female sangha --
The female order in Japan --
The issue of ordination --
Sociological context(s) --
Sorely missed --
Nunhood and feminism --
The rhetoric of subordination. A theodicy of disprivilege --
The five obstacles and the three dependences --
A case of blood poisoning --
Drinking from the blood bowl --
The "facts" of life --
The red and the white --
The rhetoric of salvation. The legend of the naga-girl --Becoming male --
Interpretative divergences --
Amida's vow and its implications --
A feminine topos --
The rhetoric of equality. Gender equality in Mahayana --
Gender equality in Vajrayana --
Chan/Zen egalitarianism --
pt. 2 Imagining Buddhist women. Monks, mothers, and motherhood. Bad mothers --
The ambivalent mother --
Mater dolorosa --
The forsaken mother --
The changing image of motherhood --
Varieties of motherly experience --
Mad mothers --
The law of alliance --
Conflicting images. Women in the life of the Buddha --
Queens, empresses, and other impressive ladies --
Eminent nuns --
Femmes fatales --
Of women and jewels --
pt. 3 Women against Buddhism. Crossing the line. The utopian topos --
Stopped in their tracks --
Kukai's mother --
The Kekkai stone --
Conflicting interpretations --
The symbolic reading of transgression --
The kekkai and the logic of muen --
Women on the move. The "nuns of Kumano" --
What's in a name --
Down by the river --
The monk and the bayadere --
The discourteous courtesan --
Paradigms --
The power of women. The myth of Tamayorihime --
The Miko and the monk --
Women on the edge --
Women, dragons, and snakes.
Series Title: Buddhisms.
Responsibility: Bernard Faure.
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