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Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom Paperback – March 13, 2007
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(1) This book is just the latest salvo in the feud between Mahayana and Theravada, by choosing to ignore Theravada sources and relying on Mahayana-only (?) Sutras. Depicting Ven. Mahakasyapa as a dullard and Ven. Sariputra as a child that needs frequent instruction should have been over with in the 4-5 Centuries CE - no need to continue it now.
(2) Ven. Ananda and others calling Lord Buddha by name as "Siddhartha" - simply never happened, ever. In fact, here is an excerpt from the canon: Lord Buddha stated "So I said to them, 'Don't address the Tathagata by name and as "friend."' - MN 26
In fact, in Indian tradition, an honorific is always added before or after the name if you have to call an older/elder by name.
(3) The Mythical Ancestors are just that - myths and nothing further so that is mostly a figment of imagination.
(4) The Ven. Uppallavanna story is not complete in itself since it omits the "running away, having a duaghter, abandoning the daughter, and then being co-wife with daughter to the same husband" part completely. That is what is called suffering and something that changes one.
(5) The Sukha story states "Sukha means Bright and Lustrous" - I have never seen this anywhere and would like author to provide reference. On the other hand, Pali canon (and Sanskrit) repeatedly uses the word sukha to denote pleasant feeling.
(6) The Ven. Patachara story sttes that she became a never-returner needing no more lives. This statement is wrong on 2 counts. One, Ven.Read more ›
I'm only sorry she chose not to footnote her work - it would have helped the skeptics to realize the historical accuracy of her biographies, provided a great resource for others, and helped to separate the "re-imagining" from the more solid material. I've been doing research on many of these women myself, and I'm realizing that really only the emotional material, or the background, is imagined. There is a solid basis for every story or dialog in the book.
A readable, entertaining, beautifully written, and important book.
The book covers a broad range of ideas that have a common thread and are often forgotten. It does not really matter the sex of who evoked these words but nice to learn that women have always been behind the scene leaving a mark on making the world a better place.
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The fact that Tisdale had to rely upon the translation of others makes her findings not as authentic as they should be.Published on December 13, 2009 by Craig C. Brandau
This is an incredibly valuable resource for information and inspiration for women who are seeking spiritual role models in Buddhism. Read morePublished on May 15, 2007 by A. Miller
I just finished reading this book and found it to be well written and informative. Having read other books about Buddhist nuns, this book gave a real sense of the courage and... Read morePublished on November 16, 2006 by Miao Jie