The Scared Feminine: Women and the Sacred Feminine in Buddhism

Coordinator

Name Email Phone
Patricia Herring
Abbie Loomis
pjherrli@wisc.edu
aaloomis@wisc.edu
608-576-8790

This class will explore what sacred texts and iconography reveal about women and the Sacred Feminine and how cultural attitudes shaped the role they played in early Buddhism. The class will focus on the pantheon of Buddhist goddesses, from the yakinis and Majadevi to the dakinis and protector goddesses, as well as the consorts of the Buddhas, and the Boddhisatvas such as Tara, Kuan Yin and Cunda. What role(s) have these goddesses played in the life of women? We’ll also examine how the evolution of Buddhism continues to redefine women’s roles in Buddhism.

Location

Madison Senior Center

Meeting Day

Friday

Meeting Time

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Start Date

Oct 5, 2018

End Date

Nov 30, 2018

Participation

Regular participation and discussion

Class Size

25
Class Notes

To enroll contact the Course Coordinator before the first meeting

No Class: Nov 23rd

Class Syllabus (Preliminary)

Week 1 Readings:

Christ Rebirth of the Goddess p.50-69, 189-195 (Optional)

Eisler: Chalice and the Blade p.1-58 (Required)

Week 2 Reading: Lopez Part 1: p.727- 746     Lopez Part 2: p.747-764

Powerpoint Slides:

Week one: Goddess Questions

Week two:

Major Schools of Buddhism

Concepts of the Deity

Sacred Texts

Buddhist Tenets

Buddhist Attitudes to Women


 

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