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Passionate Enlightenment Women in Tantric Buddhism

Price : $26.75
ISBN # : 9788121508209
Author : Miranada Shaw
pages: 304
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Munshiram Manoharlal
Published : 2008

The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents, who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual ecstasy. Historians of religion have long held that the enlightenment thus attempted was for men only, and that women in the movement were at best marginal and subordinated and at worst degraded and exploited. Miranda Shaw argues to the contrary, presenting extensive new evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality.





Review 1: Winner of the 1994 James Henry Breasted Prize, American Historical Association
Winner of the 1994 Tricycle

Source: Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Scholarship



Review 2: "This book is a welcome and wonderful addition to feminist scholarship on Buddhism, a rapidly growing endeavor. . . . Miranda Shaw's discussion of passion and intimacy as a path of practice is exemplary in its demonstration that such practices can only be undertaken by equals who share the same vision, the same aspiration for enlightenment, and the same training and meditative skills."

Source: Rita Gross, Shambhala Sun




Review 3: "A feminist critique of a male (and Western) view of the Tantric tradition [and also] a balanced reassessment of a tradition too long misunderstood."

Source: James George, Parabola

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 09 April, 2015.
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