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Women in Tibet: Past and Present Hardcover – February 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0231130981 ISBN-10: 0231130988

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231130988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231130981
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,643,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers interested in gender roles in Tibetan Buddhism can learn much from these insights into the lives of Tibetan women.

(American Reference Books Annual 1900-01-00)

This stimulating collection... uses Tibetan literary sources and ingeniously mined field research in today's Tibet Autonomous Region and beyond... Recommended.


A welcome addition to the fields of Tibetan Studies and Women's Studies.

(Ellen Posman Journal of the American Academy of Religion)

About the Author

Janet Gyatso is Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies at Harvard University Divinity School. She is the author of Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary and In the Mirror of Memory: Reflections on Remembrance and Mindfulness in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.Hanna Havnevik is assistant professor at the University of Oslo and is the author of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns: History, Cultural Norms, and Social Reality and The Life of Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche (1865-1951).

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Platek on March 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book about Tibetan women. For those that are interested in the book let me suggest the Women of Tibet documentary films as well: [...] I saw "A Quiet Revolution" - about the experiences of women during the Tibetan occupation and exile. Think about the stretch between parents who lived an agrarian life (until forced into exile) and belonging to a generation forced out into the modern world. There's something about the Tibetan character, because the strength and wisdom of the young women is astounding. I highly recommend the film. One of the older women interviewed in this film spent SEVENTEEN years in what basically amounts to a concentration camp - of the THREE HUNDRED women in this prison/work camp - only FOUR survived. The younger women - as both the film and this book discuss - live a life without a passport - trying to pass on a heritage they've only experienced in exile. The film and book tell a story that really has never been told, the women interviewed have such rare stories to tell, I'm thankful that someone is preserving them.
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