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Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism (Mythos)

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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.

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Guide to Transliteration
Ch. 1Seeking the Traces of Sky-Dancers3
Ch. 2Tantric Buddhism in India: Religious and Historical Introduction20
Ch. 3Women in Tantric Theory: Powerful and Auspicious35
Ch. 4Women in Tantric Circles: Adepts and Experts74
Ch. 5Women in Tantric History: Founders and Pioneers101
Ch. 6Women in Tantric Relationships: Intimacy as a Path to Enlightenment140
Ch. 7Spontaneous Jewellike Yogini on Passion and Enlightenment179
Ch. 8Conclusions195
Notes207
Bibliography265
Index283

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691010908
Author:
Shaw, Miranda
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Shaw, Miranda
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Women in Tantric Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology
Series Volume:
vyp. 7 (540)
Publication Date:
September 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 line illustrations
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.28x6.15x.66 in. .99 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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