The Resource Passionate enlightenment : women in Tantric Buddhism, Miranda Shaw

Passionate enlightenment : women in Tantric Buddhism, Miranda Shaw

Label
Passionate enlightenment : women in Tantric Buddhism
Title
Passionate enlightenment
Title remainder
women in Tantric Buddhism
Statement of responsibility
Miranda Shaw
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents, who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual ecstasy. Historians of religion have long held that the enlightenment thus attempted was for men only, and that women in the movement were at best marginal and subordinate and at worst degraded and exploited. Miranda Shaw argues to the contrary, presenting extensive new evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality." "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."--Jacket
Cataloging source
MiU
Dewey number
294.3 925 082
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ8915
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Passionate enlightenment : women in Tantric Buddhism, Miranda Shaw
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-282) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn298105081
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 291 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691033808
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36861546
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)298105081
  • acls0691033803

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
Processing Feedback ...