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First Buddhist Women

Poems and Stories of Awakening

First Buddhist Women by Susan Murcott
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First Buddhist Women is a readable, contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha. Through the study of the Therigatha, the earliest-known collection of women’s religious poetry, the book explores Buddhism's 2,600-year-long liberal attitude toward women. Utilizing commentary and storytelling, author Susan Murcott traces the journey of wives, mothers, teachers, courtesans, prostitutes, and wanderers who became leaders in the Buddhist community, acquiring roles that even today are rarely filled by women in other, patriarchal religions.
Parallax Press; June 2009
230 pages; ISBN 9781935209119
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Title: First Buddhist Women
Author: Susan Murcott
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