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.
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)
Powerpoint Slides:Week one: Goddess Questions