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Gender Equality in and on Tibetan Buddhist Nuns’ Terms

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Philosophy Department, Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu 610041, China
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Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
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Religions 2020, 11(10), 543; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100543
Received: 13 September 2020 / Revised: 5 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 21 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buddhist Women's Religiosity: Contemporary Feminist Perspectives)
Gender equality and feminism are often cast as concepts foreign to the Tibetan cultural region, even as scholarship exploring alliances between Buddhism and feminism has grown. Critics of this scholarship contend that it superimposes liberal discourses of freedom, egalitarianism, and human rights onto Asian Buddhist women’s lives, without regard for whether/how these accord with women’s self-understandings. This article aims to serve as a corrective to this omission by engaging transnational feminist approaches to listen carefully to the rhetoric, aims, and interpretations of a group of Tibetan nuns who are redefining women’s activism in and on their own terms. We conclude that their terms are not derivative of foreign or secular liberal rights-based theories, but rather outgrowths of Buddhist principles taking on a new shape in modern Tibet. View Full-Text
Keywords: transnational feminism; gender equality; Tibetan nuns; liberal rights transnational feminism; gender equality; Tibetan nuns; liberal rights
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Padma’tsho; Jacoby, S. Gender Equality in and on Tibetan Buddhist Nuns’ Terms. Religions 2020, 11, 543. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100543

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Padma’tsho, and Sarah Jacoby. 2020. "Gender Equality in and on Tibetan Buddhist Nuns’ Terms" Religions 11, no. 10: 543. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100543

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