Being Bodies: buddhist women on the paradox of embodiment
The relationship between body and mind has always been a topic of speculation and spirited discussion. The authors of the pieces contained in this anthology address the problem from the unique dual perspective of being women and being students of Buddhism.
'We spend our lives in bodies, and if we realize anything we care to call "enlightenment", it's in our bodies. In this book we wanted to address a tendency we've both observed for spiritual seekers to leave the body behind. From our study of the dharma we are clear that the body is not the ultimate truth, and that attachment to it causes suffering. But still, we don't simply leap into the realm of the Absolute. The Absolute is here, we say, in each embodied moment - when we breathe, when we sweat, when we bleed, when we feel desire.'
from the Editors' Introduction
PART ONE: BODY AS SUFFERING
PART TWO: BODY AS NATURE
PART THREE: BODY AS GENDER
PART FOUR: BODY AS VEHICLE
PART FIVE: BODY AS SELF