Rita M. Gross

Rita M. Gross
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire | UWEC · philosophy and religious studies

Ph. D. University of Chicao, History of Religions

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In this paper, I intend to explore some of the issues that come up when I tried to teach academically grounded, accurate, non-sectarian history of Buddhism at Buddhist dharma centers. First among these issues is that Western Buddhists can be quite fundamentalist in their approach to Buddhism and take many narratives literally. Chief among these, es...
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Because I had not seen half of these tributes before the session at which they were presented, I did not have a written paper, or even prepared notes, with which to respond to these colleagues. I was so touched by the care with which each person had prepared their remarks—a fully written paper in each case—and the wonderful things they said, that w...
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Given that most practitioners of Western feminist theology, whether Christian or some variety of post-Christian, display remarkably little interest in issues of religious diversity and interreligious dialogue, I was both curious about this book and delighted to see someone combining the words “feminism” and “religious pluralism” in a book title. Ho...
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As a Buddhist scholar-practitioner who is also a feminist, I have multiple loyalties. The potential for conflict between different standards could be great, and I have often been asked whether my fundamental loyalty is to Buddhist standards and Buddhist teachers, to the values of feminism, or to standards of academic scholarship. This is a question...
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Doctrinally, Buddhism is free of the myths and symbols that make some other religions so intractable to feminist reforms. In its philosophical views and its meditation practices, Buddhism has tremendous potential for deconstructing gender. In less than thirty years, we have gone from a situation in which almost nothing had been written about Buddhi...
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These two very large books should be of obvious interest to those concerned with Buddhist-Christian interactions and comparative studies. They are also especially timely and important, given how much goddesses and the divine feminine have been overlooked and ignored by those involved in Buddhist-Christian interchange and comparative studies as well...
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Because these two wonderful new books are about Buddhist nuns, the topic of gender looms prominently in them, in a way that it never would in books about Buddhist monks. Such is the unavoidable heritage of the androcentrism that has dominated both religious institutions and scholarship about religion for centuries. It will probably be a long time b...
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Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74.2 (2006) 512-514 Beginning in 1987 Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, an organization founded and led by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, has held international conferences in Asia on Buddhist women about every two years. Frequently the papers presented at these conferences are published, and t...
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R R R R Resumo esumo esumo esumo esumo: No budismo, o papel do professor de dharma (religioso) é a função mais prestigiosa, e o professor de dharma tem mais autoridade do que qualquer outro líder. Apesar de os ensinamentos budistas não conterem nenhuma doutrina que limite essa função ao homem, na prática, em toda a história budista, foram pouquíssi...
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In Buddhism, the role of the dharma (religious) teacher is the most prestigious role, and dharma teachers have more authority that any other leaders.Though the Buddhist teachings contain no doctrines that limit this role to men, in practice throughout Buddhist history, very few women have been publicly acknowledged as dharma teachers. Some people c...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 25 (2005) 3-7 In a world riddled by conflict, religions must take a large part of the responsibility for initiating and perpetuating these conflicts, which often include disagreements about whose political system is favored by the deity or to whom the deity gave land. The slogan "No peace on earth until there is peace amo...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 25 (2005) 174-176 This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Buddhism and gender. It presents information and explores issues on this topic in new and innovative ways. It is also well researched and well written. Part of Young's innovation is her use of Buddhist art and iconography, which she takes as se...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 25 (2005) 15-20 In our final sessions after twenty years of working together, we have been asked to reflect in some way on identity and openness in a pluralistic world. Specifically, the question is, "How do I understand my own identity as a religious Buddhist or Christian in light of the fact that I am open to the validi...
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Book InformationThe Life of Buddhism. The Life of Buddhism Frank E. Reynolds Jason A. Carbine University of California Press 2000 230 $17.95 Edited by Frank E. Reynolds; Jason A. Carbine . University of California Press. Pp. 230. $17.95,
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 23 (2003) 3-19 Many studies have indicated that at both ends of the life cycle human beings more readily survive and flourish if they experience significant contact with other humans, if they experience nurturing, love, and relationship. Having physical needs met, by itself, is not sufficient. Both infants and old people,...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 22 (2002) iii-iv The editorials that appear in this journal must be written months before they actually arrive in our subscribers' offices and mailboxes. That schedule makes it difficult for us to comment on any contemporary events. Events that occurred closer to the time of our writing will be quite far in the past by th...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 21.1 (2001) 75-93 Buddhists have been talking about Jesus and Christians have been talking about the Buddha from the earliest times of Buddhist-Christian encounter in the first century. My educated guess is that until 1980, most of the talk was monological rather than dialogical for cultural and historical reasons peculia...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 19.1 (1999) 62-75 The topic of developing a Buddhist view of Jesus is challenging to me on many levels, for many reasons. Not the least of them involves my own unhappy childhood and young adulthood being trained as a member of a version of Christianity that expressed an extremely exclusivist position regarding religious p...
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Buddhist-Christian Studies 19.1 (1999) 43-47 Gordon Kaufman, emeritus professor of theology at Harvard Divinity School, has been a member of the Cobb-Abe Buddhist-Christian dialogue since its inception in 1987. As he mentions below, that experience has profoundly affected his work as a theologian and his conviction that theology is an activity of "...
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This article seeks to find more adequate models of Hindu “polytheism” than the stereotypical “Vishnu, Shiva, Devi” model, which is faulted both for the ways in which it deals with gender and with number regarding the kaleidoscope of Hindu portraits of the personified divine. Regarding number, it is essential not to prioritize oneness over plurality...
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Discusses the feminine principle in Tibetian Vajrayana Buddhism from the present author's perspective of a Buddhist feminist. Feminine and masculine principles in Western monotheism, Jungian psychology, and feminist spirituality movements are outlined. It is concluded that masculine and feminine principles quickly become oppressive when it is asser...
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The central core of this paper discusses some classic materials in the history of religions utilizing what I call an androgynous methodology, as opposed to the androcentric methodology that has characterized all past attempts to interpret these materials, or indeed, any materials in the history of religions. When women are studied in their own righ...