Residency day 2- the Feminine in Spirituality

Posted on January 7, 2020

Sharing some ideas and thoughts based on my reading so far in this short video (almost 8 mins). You input would be welcome.

Useful links, References

Awakening Shakti- Sally Kempton

Tenzin Palmo, authored: Cave in the Snow (Feminist Buddhist Nun) Set up this organisation http://www.sakyadhita.org/

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  1. Stephanie
    January 7, 2020

    Hi Prith,

    Congrats on your residency, it sounds like you’re off to a good start.

    You mentioning the Buddhist goddesses etc. made me think of a book I read a while ago, called, “Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of the Feminine” by Nancy Qualls-Corbett. It gets into Christianity too, but is still interesting and related to what you’re looking at, I think. I also have a little art book called, “Goddesses” that was authored by Lanier Graham, that you might find interesting too.

    You mentioned at the end of your video that you wanted input on what the biggest issues of today are/the biggest issue facing us and you mentioned politics as an example and certainly what is happening in the world is upsetting to say the least, but rather than focus on the surface, on the symptoms, I would look underneath all of it for a root cause. And for me the root cause is the denial and lack of acceptance for who we are as individuals and societies.

    For me it goes back to the times you spoke about in your video, the feminine was acknowledged and worshipped, at one time but then something happened or some things happened and the world moved from a more feminine/egalitarian approach to the approach we have today which is a patriarchal/hierarchical approach. The rise of Christianity was a big part of that, but I suspect it was more complicated than that. We are seeing things shifting back the other way, and so those who have benefited from the patriarchy/hierarchy are acting out and pushing back, afraid of losing what they have and afraid of being punished for their bad behaviours.

    I think the work is around getting people to accept that both the masculine and the feminine deserve to be accepted, that we all have aspects of each within us, that that isn’t bad; that it’s not an either/or situation. The Buddhist ideas around a middle ground come to mind (I’ll see if I can find the Buddhist term for it), but think of it like the Yin-Yang symbol.

    Hopefully that helps and good luck, I’ll look forward to reading your updates 🙂

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  2. Stephanie
    January 7, 2020

    Okay, here’s the Buddhist concept I mentioned in the other response, it’s called Middle Way in English and references the Eight-fold Path, here’s the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Way

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