First Buddhist Women: Poems and Stories of Awakening

First Buddhist Women Poems and Stories of Awakening First Buddhist Women is a readable contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha Through the study of the Therigatha the earliest

  • Title: First Buddhist Women: Poems and Stories of Awakening
  • Author: Susan Murcott
  • ISBN: 9781888375541
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • First Buddhist Women is a readable, contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha Through the study of the Therigatha, the earliest known collection of women s religious poetry, the book explores Buddhism s 2,600 year long liberal attitude toward women Utilizing commentary and storytelling, author SusanFirst Buddhist Women is a readable, contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha Through the study of the Therigatha, the earliest known collection of women s religious poetry, the book explores Buddhism s 2,600 year long liberal attitude toward women Utilizing commentary and storytelling, author Susan Murcott traces the journey of wives, mothers, teachers, courtesans, prostitutes, and wanderers who became leaders in the Buddhist community, acquiring roles that even today are rarely filled by women in other, patriarchal religions.

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    1. This is an excellent look at the Therigatha, the stories of the first Buddhist nuns. Murcott gives great backgrounds on both the individual nuns and the context of the times in which they lived. The Therigatha itself is worth a read and the commentary and context provided here help give it more meaning. These were some awesome nuns, especially considering the times they lived in and this book does a good job of really bringing that out.

    2. I got this book with the money of the settlement with . I don't really understand the lawsuit, but I got money so I bought a bunch of kindle books. I have always loved the Therigatha, and was a little disappointed this wasn't a direct translation. But I came to appreciate her commentary on the poems. This is a good book to read after you've read the original and want to read the original again. It's an inspiring work of literature and deserves useful books around it to support it.

    3. Those are the words of the first Buddha's daughters. Susan's careful arrangements of historical backgrounds, detailed analysis and mindful comments made the words of those Buddha's daughters alive. Reading this book, I went through all their lives one by one and felt joining the stream of love and compassion.Thank you for such a wonderful work!

    4. This book is an inspiring collection of poems written by early nuns describing their own search for and experience of realization. They are a delight to read and capture the liberating feeling of the ego letting go of its tyrannical reign. (This is not a book for women only!)

    5. I got this book last summer at Dog Eared Books in SF. I think I paid like 4 bucks for it and it was the best 4 bucks I spent in 2007, by far.

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