9781611807769-161180776X-The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns

The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns

ISBN-13: 9781611807769
ISBN-10: 161180776X
Author: Weingast, Matty
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Shambhala
Format: Paperback 160 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781611807769
ISBN-10: 161180776X
Author: Weingast, Matty
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Shambhala
Format: Paperback 160 pages

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Acknowledged authors Weingast, Matty wrote The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns comprising 160 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 161180776X and 9781611807769. Since then The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.15 or rent at the marketplace.

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A radical and vivid rendering of poetry from the first Buddhist nuns that brings a new immediacy to their voices.

The Therigatha ("Verses of the Elder Nuns") is the oldest collection of known writings from Buddhist women and one of the earliest collections of women's literature in India. Composed during the life of the Buddha, the collection contains verses by early Buddhist nuns detailing everything from their disenchantment with their prescribed roles in society to their struggles on the path to enlightenment to their spiritual realizations. Among the nuns, a range of voices are represented, including former wives, women who lost children, women who gave up their wealth, and a former prostitute.

In The First Free Women, Matty Weingast revives this ancient collection with a contemporary and radical adaptation. In this poetic re-envisioning that remains true to the original essence of each poem, he infuses each verse with vivid language that is not found in other translations. Simple yet profound, the nuance of language highlights the beauty in each poem and resonates with modern readers exploring the struggles, grief, failures, doubts, and ultimately, moments of profound insight of each woman. Weingast breathes fresh life into this ancient collection of poetry, offering readers a rare glimpse of Buddhism through the spiritual literature and poetry of the first female disciples of the Buddha.
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