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A Garland of Feminist ReflectionsForty Years of Religious Exploration$
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Rita Gross

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255852

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255852.001.0001

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The Clarity in the Anger

The Clarity in the Anger

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(p.235) Chapter 14 The Clarity in the Anger
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A Garland of Feminist Reflections
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Rita M. Gross

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255852.003.0015

This chapter describes how as per Buddhist ideology, all beings are equal, in the sense that they share the same basic nature, whether they are friends or enemies. Sharing the same basic nature is more important than status as friend or enemy, which is impermanent in any case. Though duality and the difference between friends and enemies, between those who are right and those who are wrong, can feel very real, Buddhist analytical meditation always shows that such feelings, though temporarily real, are ultimately illusory. Many Buddhists would probably argue that Buddhist ethics are directed toward individual choices and behaviors, whereas politics involves struggles for power and material wealth between groups of people. This chapter explores how Buddhism has two things to contribute to those involved in feminism. One is the immediate need for the skillful means of developing and maintaining equanimity and peacefulness in the face of opposition, oppression, and conflict. The second great gift of Buddhism to political processes is its ability to develop staying power in those who practice its spiritual disciplines.

Keywords:   Buddhist analytical meditation, Buddhist ethics, individual choices, feminism, equanimity, spiritual disciplines

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