Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: Hidden Histories, Enduring Vitality

SUNY Press
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Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the fourth century to the present.

Uncovering hidden histories, this book focuses on Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the fourth century to the present. Today, South Korea’s Buddhist nuns have a thriving monastic community under their own control, and they are well known as meditation teachers and social service providers. However, little is known of the women who preceded them. Using primary sources to reveal that which has been lost, forgotten, or willfully ignored, this work reveals various figures, milieux, and activities of female adherents, clerical and lay. Contributors consider examples from the early days of Buddhism in Korea during the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla periods (first millennium CE); the Kory? period (982–1392), when Buddhism flourished as the state religion; the Chos?n period (1392–1910), when Buddhism was actively suppressed by the Neo-Confucian Court; and the contemporary resurgence of female monasticism that began in the latter part of the twentieth century.

“…this work is a great success, and is an important first step in opening an area of research that will hopefully see continued expansion in the years to come.” — Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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About the author

Eun-su Cho is Professor of Philosophy at Seoul National University of Korea.
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SUNY Press
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Published on
Jan 1, 2012
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781438435121
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English
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