Passionate Enlightenment


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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsGuide to TransliterationCh. 1Seeking the Traces of Sky-Dancers3Ch. 2Tantric Buddhism in India: Religious and Historical Introduction20Ch. 3Women in Tantric Theory: Powerful and Auspicious35Ch. 4Women in Tantric Circles: Adepts and Experts74Ch. 5Women in Tantric History: Founders and Pioneers101Ch. 6Women in Tantric Relationships: Intimacy as a Path to Enlightenment140Ch. 7Spontaneous Jewellike Yogini on Passion and Enlightenment179Ch. 8Conclusions195Notes207Bibliography265Index283

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Miranda Shaw is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Richmond.


Winner of the 1994 James Henry Breasted Prize, American Historical Association Winner of the 1994 Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Scholarship "This book is a welcome and wonderful addition to feminist scholarship on Buddhism, a rapidly growing endeavor... Miranda Shaw's discussion of passion and intimacy as a path of practice is exemplary in its demonstration that such practices can only be undertaken by equals who share the same vision, the same aspiration for enlightenment, and the same training and meditative skills."--Rita Gross, Shambhala Sun "A feminist critique of a male (and Western) view of the Tantric tradition [and also] a balanced reassessment of a tradition too long misunderstood."--James George, Parabola

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