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Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen
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Explores the roles of Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the Koryo period to the present. Uncovering hidden histories, this book focuses on Korean Buddhist nuns and laywomen from the tenth 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 Koryo period (982-1392), when Buddhism flourished as the state religion, to the Choson period (1392-1910), when Buddhism was actively suppressed by the Neo-Confucian court, to the resurgence of female monasticism that began in the latter part of the twentieth century.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Female Buddhist Practice in Korea—A Historical Account
  2. pp. 15-43
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  1. 3. Male Son Masters’ Views on Female Disciples in Later Koryo
  2. pp. 45-68
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  1. 4. Koryo Ladies and the Encouragement of Buddhismin Yuan China
  2. pp. 69-89
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  1. 5. Two Female Masters of Two Eras
  2. pp. 91-117
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  1. 6. Marginalized and Silenced
  2. pp. 119-145
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  1. 7. Buddhist Nuns and Alternative Space in Confucian Chosen Society
  2. pp. 147-163
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  1. 8. The Establishment of Buddhist Nunneries in Contemporary Korea
  2. pp. 165-181
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 183-199
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-210
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