Shang Shung Fall Workshops and Lectures
Enlightening Passion: Sexuality and Gender in Tibetan Buddhism
with Professor Paola Zamperini
September 30, October 1 & 2, 2011
In this course/workshop we will study the lives of prominent female teachers in Tibetan Buddhism. Our focus will be on reconstructing the trajectories to realization that women like Yeshe Tsogyal, Mandarava, Yid Thogma, Machig Labdron, Sera Khandro, and Ayu Khandro, among others, undertook, often at high personal and societal cost. By utilizing biographical and, as much as possible, autobiographical records (in English translation), we will analyze both the narrative and social aspects of these women’s choice to privilege the Vajarayana path to enlightenment at the expense of more conventional and socially accepted lifestyles. The course will combine methodology from Buddhist studies, women and gender studies, and literary criticism, in an effort to unravel and explore the complex negotiations that Buddhist female teachers engaged in their spiritual pursuit within the context of traditional Tibetan culture.
Paola Zamperini is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and Women and Gender Studies at Amherst College, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Studies.
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