||Richard Hughes Seager
|To review: these books are ones I'm eager to get, or on my shelf waiting to be read, or that I've read and am trying to get time to write about.
- Buddhism in America
- New York, Columbia University Press: 1999.
"An introduction to Buddhism in America, taking a broad, inclusive view of its subject. It carefully guides the novice through the basics of Buddhist history, doctrine, and practice, while discussing a rich variety of traditions, events, institutions, and people."
Chapter eleven traces the burgeoning concern with gender equity to scandals and leadership crises in the 1980s involving Buddhist teachers affairs with their students. Seager discusses how these events, combined with the growing influence of feminism in the wider culture of America, served to put gender issues in the forefront of the convert communitys concerns. It also prompted an increasing number of women teachers to develop their own styles of Buddhist practice. He then reviews some of the recent literature, both popular and academic, on Buddhism and women, sexuality, and gender."
- -- David L. McMahan; see his whole review: PDF format; HTML format.
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