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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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How Did this ever Happen to Me?

How Did this ever Happen to Me?

A Wisconsin Farm Girl Who Became a Buddhist Theologian When She Grew Up

(p.23) Chapter 1 How Did this ever Happen to Me?
A Garland of Feminist Reflections

Rita M. Gross

University of California Press

This chapter explains that feminist reflections have always included the personal location of one's work as a matter of honesty. Claiming that one feels something to be true does not make it so, but it is also the case that no one does the work they end up doing or derives their conclusions completely abstractly either. Personal experience is a factor in everyone's scholarly work and there is always a principle of selectivity that goes into writing a sketch of one's personal life. Sometimes it seems that Indian notions of karma inherited from previous lives work as well as any other hypothesis to explain how one takes on certain elements of one's work and life. In this study, the author also describes the third component of her life in the last ten years that involves her relationship with Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. The study also reflects on one of the obstacles the author has faced, which is being in so many situations in which relevant others would have preferred her to be more conventional and less thoughtful.

Keywords:   feminist reflections, personal experience, karma, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche

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