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Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender
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Introduction: Jose Ignacio Cabezon I. Gender and Buddhist History

1. Attitudes toward Women and the Feminine in Early Buddhism
Alan Sponberg

2. The Female Mendicant in Buddhist Sri Lanka
Tessa Bartholomeusz II. Gender and Contemporary Buddhist Culture

3. Buddhism and Abortion in Contemporary Japan: Mizuko Kuyo and the Confrontation with Death
Bardwell Smith

4. Buddhist Women of the Contemporary Maharashtrian Conversion Movement
Eleanor Zelliot III. The Rhetoric of Gender in Buddhist Texts

5. Gender and Persuasion: The Portrayal of Beauty, Anguish, and Nurturance in an Account of a Tamil Nun
Paula Richman

6. Lin-chi (Rinzai) Ch'an and Gender: The Rhetoric of Equality and the Rhetoric of Heroism
Miriam L. Levering IV. Gender and Buddhist Symbols

7. The Gender Symbolism of Kuan-yin Bodhisattva
Barbara E. Reed

8. Mother Wisdom, Father Love: Gender-Based Imagery in Mahayana Buddhist Thought
Jose Ignacio Cabezon V. Buddhism and Homosexuality

9. Homosexuality as Seen in Indian Buddhist Texts
Leonard Zwilling

10. Kukai and the Tradition of Male Love in Japanese Buddhism
Paul Gordan Schalow

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About the Author

Jose Ignacio Cabezon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He is the author of A Dose of Emptiness: An Annotated Translation of the sTong thun chen mo of mKhas grub dGe legs dpal bzang, also published by SUNY Press.

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"It fills an important gap in the field-a serious, textually close reading of gender's influence on Buddhist thought and vice versa." - Anne Klein

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