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The Power of Denial:
Buddhism, Purity, and Gender
Bernard Faure

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
Introduction: "Soaring and Settling"--Too Soon? 2
The Cultural Approach 6
Gender Revisited 8
Gendering Buddhism 15
PART ONE: BUDDHISM AND WOMEN 21
CHAPTER ONE
The Second Order 23
The Evolution of the Female Sanngha 24
The Female Order in Japan 28
The Issue of Ordination 36
Sociological Context(s)38
Sorely Missed 47
Nunhood and Feminism 51
CHAPTER TWO
The Rhetoric of Subordination 55
A Theodicy of Disprivilege 57
The Five Obstacles and the Three Dependences 62
A Case of Blood Poisoning 66
Drinking from the Blood Bowl 73
The "Facts" of Life 79
The Red and the White 81
CHAPTER THREE
The Rhetoric of Salvation 91
The Legend of the Naga-Girl 91
Becoming Male 99
Interpretative Divergences 103
Amida's Vow and Its Implications 106
A Feminine Topos 116
CHAPTER FOUR
The Rhetoric of Equality 119
Gender Equality in Mahayana 120
Gender Equality in Vajrayana 122
Chan/Zen Egalitarianism 127
PART TWO: IMAGINING BUDDHIST WOMEN 143
CHAPTER FIVE
Monks, Mothers, and Motherhood 145
Bad Mothers 146
The Ambivalent Mother 148Mater Dolorosa 148
The Forsaken Mother 152
The Changing Image of Motherhood 160
Varieties of Motherly Experience 163
Mad Mothers 167
The Law of Alliance 168
CHAPTER SIX
Conflicting Images 181
Women in the Life of the Buddha 182
Queens, Empresses, and Other Impressive Ladies 188
Eminent Nuns 198
Femmes Fatales 204
Of Women and Jewels 205
PART THREE: WOMEN AGAINST BUDDHISM 217
CHAPTER SEVEN
Crossing the Line 219
The Utopian Topos 222
Stopped in Their Tracks 224
Kukai's Mother 228
The Kekkai Stone 233
Conflicting Interpretations 235
The Symbolic Reading of Transgression 238
The Kekkai and the Logic of Muen 243
CHAPTER EIGHT
Women on the Move 250
The "Nuns of Kumano" 250
What's in a Name 254
Down by the River 261
The Monk and the Bayadère 262
The Discourteous Courtesan 267
Paradigms 269
CHAPTER NINE
The Power of Women 287
The Myth of Tamayorihime 290
The Miko and the Monk 304
Women on the Edge 310
Women, Dragons, and Snakes 316
AFTERTHOUGHTS 325
NOTES 341
BIBLIOGRAPHY 401
INDEX 459

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