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Rita M. Gross is Professor of Comparative Studies in Religion at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. A former president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, she is the editor of Beyond Androcentrism: New Essays on Women and Religion, and with Nancy Falk, of Unspoken Worlds: Women's Religious Lives. She is also the author of numerous articles and essays on women and religion.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (November 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791414043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791414040
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Seiler on November 26, 2001
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I learned a great deal from this book.
Rita Gross, a professor in comparitive religion, does an excellent job in laying out a strategy by which to analyse Buddhism through an academic feminist viewpoint.
This book is not meant to be an introduction to Buddhism, it only briefly covers some of the key elements (history, 4 Noble Truths, Impermanence, Karma, selflessness.) There is also a section that details feminist theory, and schools of feminist thought, which I found very helpful.
For each of the elements of Buddhism, she gives several different feminist viewpoints, which allows the reader to better make up his/her mind on these issues.
Although she is critical of Buddhism as a whole, I believe Buddhism is based on questioning, and as the Buddha asked people to "see for themselves". Thus, I see this discussion as very healthy for the future of Buddhism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jsorak on April 18, 2013
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After noticing that most "spiritual" books I was reading were written by men and rarely - if ever - brought up issues of feminism, I began to seek out "spiritual" texts by women and, specifically, by feminist women. It's been a thrilling ride that, at some point, led me to the Therigatha. On Amazon's "suggested titles" link, this book came up and I'm so grateful. It answers a lot of questions and doubts I've been having and does so in a very pragmatic, academic-but-accessible way. A helpful emphasis of the text is on how Buddhist teachings, seen without their cultural (androcentric) baggage, can facilitate intimacy, interdependence, and community with others. Great stuff.
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By judith johnson on October 1, 2000
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Why I am not a Buddhist: A review of Buddhism after Patriarchy by Rita Gross
My heart goes out to Prajapati. One of the first Buddhists, a relative of Buddha, she created what Buddhism has to offer women, asked for more, for full equality within the religion. Gross documents how Prajapati did this. Yet when she writes about the origin of Buddhist patriarchy she says gender equality was "beyond the Indian imagination of the time," as if Prajapati did not exist.
Rita Gross badly wants a tradition she can respect, is nervous because the women's spirituality movement makes mistakes, does not want the full responsibility of reinventing ritual so it respects her. She stops short of calling Buddha on his big mistake, his failure to fully transcend gender, in practice as well as in theory. She takes the liberty of introducing the prophetic feminist voice to Buddhism, but can't seem to accept that taking authority means taking risks and being wrong, as wrong as Buddha. Buddhist patriarchy is responsible for much bad karma where its attitude to women is concerned. Gross does acknowledge that. Why should women be exempt from making mistakes on this scale? We are not, and will only have full authority over ourselves when we realise this. Gross finds it "unthinkable" that Buddhism would not refrain from harming women, then documents two and a half thousand years of sanctified oppression that says otherwise. I want to bonk Gross on the head, send her back to meditate again, until she can feel a ritual that works in a given moment, and realise it may never work again. Institutionalised religion, all of it, with its repetition of past successes, is both an impediment to spiritual progress, and essential to it.
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