Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism

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Princeton University Press, 8 oct. 1995 - 291 pages
Anyone who reads a Tantric text or enters a Tantric temple immediately encounters a pantheon of female Buddhas and a host of female enlighteners known as "dakinis," who dance and leap in joyous poses that communicate a sense of mastery and spiritual power. This striking female imagery is fully compatible with Shaw's findings. Drawing on interviews and archival research conducted during two years of fieldwork in India and Nepal, including more than forty previously unnoticed works by women of the Pala period (eighth through twelfth centuries C.E.), she substantially reinterprets the history of Tantric Buddhism during its first four centuries. In her view, the Tantric theory of this period promotes an ideal of cooperative, mutually liberative relationships between women and men while encouraging a sense of reliance on women as a source of spiritual insight and power.
 

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Shaw establishes beyond any question that women were major leaders in the Tantra movement of Pala-period India, and that the spiritual goals of the movement required not only the greatest respect and ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Religious
20
Cultural Background of the Tantric Movement
31
Adepts and Experts
74
Founders
101
Niguma and a Cakrasamvara Healing Mandala
107
Intimacy
140
Chapter Seven Spontaneous Jewellike Yogini on Passion
179
Chapter Eight Conclusions
195
Notes
207
Bibliography
265
Index
283
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Page 278 - Schlagintweit. — BUDDHISM IN TIBET. Illustrated by Literary Documents and Objects of Religious Worship. With an Account of the Buddhist Systems preceding it in India. By EMIL SCHLAGINTWEIT, LL.D.

À propos de l'auteur (1995)

Miranda Shaw is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Richmond.

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