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Religions 2017, 8(11), 247;

Bowing to the Dharma: Japanese Buddhist Women Leaders & Healers

College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Received: 28 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women in Buddhism)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: bowing; Japanese Zen Buddhism; women; ritual; healing; leadership bowing; Japanese Zen Buddhism; women; ritual; healing; leadership
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