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Short Talks on Big Ideas: Reiko Ohnuma on Buddha's Two Mothers

Nov 1, 2022

12 minute read

Lifelong Learning

Join Robert 1932 and Barbara Black Professor of Religion and Chair, Department of Religion Reiko Ohnuma as she talks about the ancient faith traditions of Buddhism and how gender issues and narrative literature have affected the philosophy as we know it today. 

Additional Resources: 

Charles Hallisey, trans., Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Amy Langenberg, Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom (Routledge Press, 2017).

Reiko Ohnuma, Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Alan Sponberg, “Attitudes Toward Women and the Feminine in Early Buddhism,” in Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender, ed. José Ignacio Cabezón (State University of New York Press, 1992), pp. 3-36.

John S. Strong, The Buddha: A Short Biography (Oneworld, 2001).