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Buddhadharma : Spring 2018
BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 113 In terma (treasure) traditions, texts appear in the world, mysteriously, at the precise moment when they will have the greatest benefit. Rita Gross’s posthumously published book, Buddhism beyond Gender—set to be released by Shambhala Publications at a time when clarity around gender is needed more than ever—may be just such a treasure. The past year has been a time of enormous energy around examining sexism, patriarchy, abuse, and misogyny within Buddhist communities, as numerous women have come forward to publicly speak out about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers. While these revela tions have sparked confusion and disillusionment, one major current of anger stems from wondering why it has taken so long to acknowledge the insidious and unacknowledged treatment of women in our sanghas. Paralleling these revelations is the #metoo campaign, a grassroots movement of women speaking truth to the ways that sexual harassment, abuse, and systemic misogyny are utterly pervasive and ubiquitous. Buddhism beyond Gender is provocative, just as Gross her self was, and sure to inspire robust debate. An early pioneer of feminist scholarship, Gross navigated hostile terrain as a gradu ate student at the University of Chicago in the 1970s, where Buddhism beyond Gender: Liberation from Attachment to Identity by Rita Gross Shambhala Publications, 2018 208 pages; $24.95 Review by Sara Lewis Enlightenment Has No Gender REVIEW