Buddhism and Gender: Reframing and Refocusing the Debate

  title={Buddhism and Gender: Reframing and Refocusing the Debate},
  author={Alice Collett},
  journal={Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion},
  pages={55 - 84}
  • A. Collett
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Art
  • Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
Within the Buddhism and gender debate in Western scholarship, various approaches to the study of Buddhist literature—Orientalist, Protestant Buddhism, and a doctrinal approach—have led to a taxonomy of value being accorded various texts such that some are overvalued and others either wholly or largely ignored. The first women scholars of Buddhist studies in the West—Caroline Rhys Davids, Mabel Bode, and I. B. Horner—labored under the Orientalist fallacy and thus set up some initial distortions… 

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