Special Issue "Women in Buddhism"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lisa Battaglia

Department of Religion, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229-2251, USA
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Interests: Women in Buddhism; postcolonial, feminist, and ethnographic approaches to the study of women and religion; critical methods in the study of religion; religion and the body across religious traditions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The topic of women in Buddhism spans a large geographical and historical expanse, beginning some 2500 years ago during the lifetime of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Throughout the history of Buddhism, women—their status within the traditions, their contributions, and their myriad roles—have been a subject of attention and concern.  The present volume seeks to examine how women’s roles in Buddhism have changed over time, how the women’s ordination movement has developed in specific contexts, and how women have changed the landscape of Buddhism, both as practitioners (lay and monastic) and as scholars in the field.

(1) This issue will examine the changing landscape of women in Buddhism;

(2) It will consider existing literature on the topic and will contribute to new avenues of research and scholarship.

Prof. Dr. Lisa Battaglia
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Buddhism
  • Women
  • Bhikkhuni
  • Nuns
  • Laywomen
  • Gender
  • Body
  • Bodhisattva
  • Enlightenment
  • Feminism
  • Theravada
  • Mahayana
  • Vajrayana
  • Ordination
  • Sexuality
  • Therigatha

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Open AccessFeature PaperEssay Bowing to the Dharma: Japanese Buddhist Women Leaders & Healers
Religions 2017, 8(11), 247; doi:10.3390/rel8110247
Received: 28 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
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The prodigious stream of Japanese Buddhist women in roles of leadership and healing extends the length of Japanese Buddhist history. This article will highlight the transformative power of bowing that helped galvanize Sōtō Zen nuns on the eve of the twentieth century and
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The prodigious stream of Japanese Buddhist women in roles of leadership and healing extends the length of Japanese Buddhist history. This article will highlight the transformative power of bowing that helped galvanize Sōtō Zen nuns on the eve of the twentieth century and feature twentieth-century leaders who institutionalized their disciplined commitments. It will also offer a window into the creative healing practices that characterizes women’s activity in the home. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: The Quest for Nirvāṇa amongst Female Laity according to Ikṣvāku Inscriptions
Abstract: The Ikṣvākus, often known as the Andhra Ikṣvākus, ruled a region of South India during the third and fourth centuries of the Common Era. The major city of the Ikṣvākus, Vijayapuri, is now submerged under the Nagarjunasagar dam. However, archaeological evidence of the Ikṣvākus remains, and this includes some donor inscriptions made by female laity. One interesting feature of these donor inscriptions is what they tell us about female religiosity amongst the Ikṣvākus. The donor inscriptions both contain the very usual aspiration that the donation made will bring merit to others, but also the rarer ambition that a consequence of making the donations will be the attainment of nirvāṇa by the female donor.  As such, these inscriptions appear to tell us of firstly, a more thorough knowledge of Buddhism than do contemporaneous inscriptions by women, and secondly, of a more avid commitment to practice.
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