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Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women

Karma Lekshe Tsomo (Editor)

Since the time of the Buddha, women have played significant roles in Buddhist societies, but until recently their contributors have often gone unrecognized. In the past two decades, the landscape has shifted dramatically. Buddhist women have come out of the shadows and begun to take active roles, both in the spheres of religion and social transformation. The 1st Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women held in 1987 in Bodhgaya, India, gave rise to a revolutionary new awareness among Buddhist women that has led to major changes throughout the Buddhist world.

Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women is a collection on essays that sheds light on Buddhist women’s vast achievements. These essays recount women’s Struggles against tremendous odds, their earnest spiritual practice, and their diligent efforts to relieve the suffering of the world. Beginning with the story of the Buddha’s wife and spanning more than two thousand years of history, the essays illuminate the lives of Buddhist laywomen and nuns, from a diversity of cultures throughout Asia and beyond. The richness and variety of their struggles and accomplishments are a valuable chapter in women’s history and an inspiring legacy.

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About the author

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Karma Lekshe Tsomo teacher in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawai'i. Her books include Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death; Buddhist Women and Social Justice; Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations; and Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Monastic Ethics for Women. She is the president of Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women and director of Jamyang Foundation, an initiative to provide educational opportunities for women in developing countries.

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Bibliographic information

Title Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170308496, 9788170308492
length xii+381p., Tables; Notes; Index; 25cm.