HDS 3559

Buddhist Women and Representations of the Female

Janet Gyatso


This course explores the place of women in monastic discipline, in lay life, and in tantric sexual traditions along with the accompanying gender conceptions. Our sources include both Buddhist and contemporary Western and Asian gender theory, Buddhist narrative, and autobiographies by Buddhist women. The course takes up feminist criticism of Buddhism, historical Buddhist efforts to promote gender equality, and contemporary debates on whether feminist criticism is a modern or western imposition. No previous study of Buddhism required. Note: course has additional section hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1730


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Tue Thu 11:30am-12:30pm
Andover Hall Room 103

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • East Asian Religious Studies
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Buddhist Studies
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None