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Buddhist goddesses of India

Author: Miranda Eberle Shaw
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses - transcendent wisdom figures, maternal nurturers, potent healers and protectors, voluptuous tree spirits, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. But relatively little has been published about these female deities, and until now no single resource was available. [This book] is the essential and definitive guide to these divinities that, as [the  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Miranda Eberle Shaw
OCLC Number: 228508870
Notes: Originally published: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Awards: Winner of ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award: Religion 2006
Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2007
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Note on transliteration --
Introduction --
Ascent of the sacred female in early Buddhism: Pṛthivī, Mother Earth; Māyādevī, Buddha's wondrous mother and her sacred grove; Yakṣiṇīs, voluptuous, magical nature spirits; Śrī Lakṣmī, glorious good fortune; Hārītī, goddess of motherly love; Female Buddhas, the case of Gotamī --
Mahayana mothers of liberation: Goddesses in the Flower Ornament Scripture; Prajñāpāramitā, luminous mother of perfect wisdom; Parṇaśavarī, healing goddess clothed in leaves; Mārīcī, lady of sunrise splendor; Jāṅgulī, the Buddhist snake goddess; Sarasvatī, divine muse; Vasudhārā, Lady Bountiful; Cundā, saving grace; Sitātapatrā, invincible goddess with a thousand heads and hands; Uṣṇīṣavijayā, bestower of long life and immortality; Tārā, Mahayana Buddha, universal savior --
Tantric female Buddhas: Vajrayoginī, her dance is total freedom; Nairātmyā, her body is the sky; Chinnamuṇḍā, severed-headed goddess; Siṃhamukhā, lion-faced female Buddha; Kurukullā, lion-faced female Buddha; Kurukullā, red enchantress with flowered bow --
Epilogue --
Glossary of Tibetan.
Responsibility: Miranda Shaw.

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