Buddhist Women and Social Justice: ideals, challenges and achievements
This book on engaged Buddhism focuses on women working for social justice in a wide range of Buddhist traditions and societies. Contributors document attempts to actualize Buddhism’s liberating ideals of personal growth and social transformation. Dealing with issues such as human rights, gender-based violence, prostitution, and the role of Buddhist nuns, the work illuminates the possibilities for positive change that are available to those with limited power and resources. Integrating social realities and theoretical perspectives, the work utilizes feminist interpretations of Buddhist values and looks at culturally appropriate means of instigating change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karma Lekshe Tsomo is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. She is the author of Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic
Ethics for Women and the editor of Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations, both also published by SUNY Press.
“Karma Lekshe Tsomo has put together an extremely compelling and useful collection which forges into the newest areas of feminist Buddhist thought and action. She is uniquely positioned
to speak with authority and gather a collection which gives specific insight into Buddhist practice in relation to the complex topic of gender in religion.”
— Julie Gutmann, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
“The balance of theory and case studies throughout
the book takes this topic in new directions. Tsomo should be congratulated warmly for putting together this important and timely contribution.”
— Grace G. Burford, author of Desire, Death, and Goodness: The Conflict of Ultimate Values
in Theravaµda Buddhism