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Portraits of Buddhist Women
Portraits of Buddhist Women

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Author: Ranjini Obeyesekere
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0791451127

Product Code: 12940

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A collection of stories about women from the thirteenth-century Buddhist work that reveals much about women's status in their society and within Buddhism.

A fascinating collection about Buddhist women translated from the thirteenth-century Sinhala Buddhist text, the Saddharmaratnavaliya, these stories provide insights into the social status and roles of women in medieval India and Sri Lanka and the Buddhist doctrinal ideal. They also reflect the changes that took place as the Buddhist position on gender and female sexuality accommodated the social realities of the time. Translating, contextualizing, and commenting on the narratives, Ranjini Obeyesekere highlights the differences in perspective between the celibate monks who were the literary authors of the Saddharmaratnavaliya and the social world of their audience.

Portraits of Buddhist Women, Ranjini Obeyesekere, Suny Press, Paperback, 2001, 231 pages, $21.95

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