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Publisher Comments:

In this highly original study of sexuality, desire, the body, and women,

Liz Wilson investigates first-millennium Buddhist notions of

spirituality. She argues that despite the marginal role women played in

monastic life, they occupied a very conspicuous place in Buddhist

hagiographic literature. In narratives used for the edification of

Buddhist monks, women's bodies in decay (diseased, dying, and after

death) served as a central object for meditation, inspiring spiritual

growth through sexual abstention and repulsion in the immediate world.

Taking up a set of universal concerns connected with the representation

of women, Wilson displays the pervasiveness of androcentrism in Buddhist

literature and practice. She also makes persuasive use of recent

historical work on the religious lives of women in medieval

Christianity, finding common ground in the role of miraculous

afflictions.

This lively and readable study brings provocative new tools and insights

to the study of women in religious life.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [245] -254) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Catharine R. Stimpson

Preface

Note on Terminology

Introduction

1: Celibacy and the Social World

2: "Like a Boil with Nine Openings": Buddhist Constructions of the Body and

Their South Asian Milieu

3: False Advertising Exposed: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Pali

Hagiography

4: Lead Us Now into Temptation: Countering Samsaric Duplicity with Dharmic

Deceptions

5: Seeing Through the Gendered "I": The Nun's Story

Conclusion

Appendix: The Post-Asokan Milieu

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226900544
Foreword:
Simpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Simpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Simpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Simpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Wilson, Liz
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago, IL ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
India
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Women in buddhism
Subject:
Woman (Buddhism)
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women - Religious aspects - Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
#10
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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