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The First Buddhist Women: Translations And Commentaries On The Therigatha

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early works by first female disciples of Buddhism
Paperback, 219 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Parallax Press
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The short poems written by the first women, 2,500 years ago, to join the Newly formed sangha as nuns, are fascinating, deeply moving and very relevant today
This book is an excellent academic account of the first women in Buddhism. It shares stories of those women who pushed to create the first order of Buddhist nuns and who became renunciants and wanders durring the time of the historical Buddha, Sidharthra Gautama. It includes poems about and authored by those women that were passed down orally until they were transcribed. The book explains these poems and stories and puts them into the societal context of that historical period.
Collin Shea
Very interesting read for anyone interested in learning about Buddhism and the history of Buddhism, as well as anyone interested in feminist history. Being someone interested in both, this is proving to be fascinating for me. At the most basic level, it also provides some lovely stories.
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The first Buddhist women : translations and commentaries on the Therigatha by Susan Murcott (1991)
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