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The Feminine Face of Buddhism
In religious hierarchies around the world, women traditionally take second place. Buddhism is no exception to the rule---other than increasingly in the West, where women make up the majority of those who attend Buddhist centers and practice meditation. This book rights the balance by exploring the key, but usually silent, role of women in Buddhism past and present and in A ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Quest Books
(first published February 11th 2002)
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This is a very good general history survey and contemporary overview of women in Buddhism. As a survey, it does not take a deep look at any one figure, either historical or contemporary. It also does not examine in depth the socio-religious factors that have delineated and restricted the place of women in Buddhism, despite the clear doctrinal position that women are equal to men in spiritual abilities.
Gill Farrer-Halls is a practicing Buddhist who has spent time studying in India and Nepal during her career. She has published several Buddhism-related books as well as those focused on alternative therapies. Besides writing, Gill is a producer for London's Meridian Trust Buddhist Film and Video Archive, and she teaches aromatherapy, meditation, and spiritual-awareness workshops. Artist and writer ...moreMore about Gill Farrer-Halls...