Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Women and Buddhism

  • Ellison B. FindlyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9183

The Buddha warns against “walking in the jungle of opinion,” suggesting that all concepts of the self are nothing but cultural constructs imposed on various experiences of the mind-body continuum. In this way, then, as Buddhism moves from country to country, the Buddhist view of the human condition derived from early experience sheds its old “constructs” or cultural trappings and, in its accommodative mode, takes on new ones.

In exploring the place of women in Buddhism, there is canonical evidence that the Buddha held a positive view of women as potential beings of enlightenment but that this view came to be reframed within more negative Brahmanic constructs contemporary to the canon’s compilation (Findly 1999). Thus, the self-understanding and self-esteem of women engaged in Buddhist practice has varied considerably from culture to culture and is at high “therapeutic” levels in environments like that of the North America where women are [theoretically] free and religiously...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity CollegeHartfordUSA