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Buddhist Studies | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


In this volume, stories about the experiences of women in remote regions like Mongolia and Zangskar appear alongside essays on philosophy and history. The fact that so many different voices are included and valued is profound testimony to Buddhist women’s diversity in terms of their educational background and approach to social concerns. It is an immense privilege to honor the hard work that these women are doing to benefit society, even against great odds. We are pleased to highlight these achievements, so that readers can learn more about the Buddhist traditions and the vibrant communities of Buddhist women practitioners around the world. We are especially pleased to include the voices of women who may not have a voice in their own societies. The variety of these articles reflects the diversity of the contributors, which is the strength of the Buddhist women’s movement. Each writer shares a glimpse of wisdom, offered in a spirit of compassion, from her own corner of the world. Their words express the vitality of the Buddhist traditions that have endured for centuries to support the spiritual and intellectual development of millions of people.


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Tsomo, Karma Lekshe (Ed.). Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women. Sakyadhita 2019, 2019, pp. 3-386.