By Amy Paris Langenberg

Recent a long time have visible a groundswell within the Buddhist global, a transnational agitation for larger possibilities for Buddhist ladies. some of the major gamers within the transnational nuns flow self-identify as feminists yet different members during this circulation won't recognize or use the language of feminism. in truth, many ordained Buddhist girls say they search better ordination in order that they could be greater Buddhist practitioners, no longer for the sake of gender equality.

Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist different types, this publication describes the fundamental good points of the Buddhist discourse of the feminine physique, held roughly in universal throughout sectarian strains, and nonetheless pertinent to ordained Buddhist ladies this present day. The textual concentration of the research is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist paintings, "Descent into the Womb scripture" or Garbh?vakr?nti-s?tra. Drawing out the consequences of this article, the writer bargains cutting edge arguments concerning the importance of childbirth and fertility in Buddhism, particularly that beginning is a grasp metaphor in Indian Buddhism; that Buddhist gender structures are centrally formed through Buddhist start discourse; and that, by way of undermining the spiritual value of woman fertility, the Buddhist development of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a brand new, liberated, female existence for Buddhist monastic ladies. hence, this examine of the Buddhist discourse of start is usually a family tree of gender in center interval Indian Buddhism.

Offering a brand new serious point of view at the problems with gender, our bodies and discomfort, this booklet could be of curiosity to an interdisciplinary viewers, together with researchers within the box of Buddhism, South Asian historical past and faith, gender and faith, thought and procedure within the examine of faith, and Buddhist medication.

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