Japanese Women in Zen Buddhism Essay by The Research Group

Japanese Women in Zen Buddhism
Principles of Buddhism & Zen, restricted female roles, salvation and self-help.
# 20778 | 2,025 words | 14 sources | 1994 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2003 in Philosophy (Eastern) , Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Women Studies (General)

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" The role of women in Japanese religion mirrors the role of women in Japanese society, and generally the women involved in Zen Buddhism follow this same prescription, though there have been a number of shifts in recent years. Traditional Shinto and Buddhism tended either to relegate women to a secondary position or to exclude them from public rituals because of the pollutions ascribed to their sex. This is known as androcentrism and is lacking in the nontraditional religions of Japan.. The following is an examination of the role of Japanese women in Zen Buddhism, the sect of Mahayana Buddhism that has flourished in Japan. That role has been marked by a certain duality through history. On the one hand, women have been given greater acceptance as human beings by Zen Buddhism than by other Buddhist sects, but at the same time it remains unusual for women to rise very high in the.."

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