First Buddhist Women

Poems and Stories of Awakening
Author(s): Susan Murcott
Original Publish Date: Feb 09, 2002
Product Number: EB00652915
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781935209119
Publisher: Parallax Press
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First Buddhist Women is a readable, contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha. The book explores Buddhism's relatively liberal attitude towards women since its founding nearly 2,600 years ago, through the study of the Therigatham, the earliest know collection of women's religious poetry. Through commentary and storytelling, author Susan Murcott traces the journey of the wives, mothers, teachers, courtesan, prostitutes, and wanderers who became leaders in the Buddhist community, roles that even today are rarely filled by women in other patriarchal religions. Their poetry beautifully expresses their search for spiritual attainment and their struggles in society.

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