Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist categories, Amy Paris Langenberg’s work describes the basic features of the Buddhist discourse of the female body, held more or less in common across sectarian lines, and still pertinent to ordained Buddhist women today. The textual focus of her study is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist work, the Descent of the Embryo Scripture, or Garbhāvakrānti-sūtra. Drawing out the implications of this text, Langenberg offers arguments about the significance of childbirth and fertility in Indian Buddhism, namely that birth is a Buddhist master metaphor; that Buddhist gender constructions are centrally shaped by Buddhist birth discourse; and that, by undermining the religious importance of female fertility, the Buddhist construction of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a new, liberated, feminine life for Buddhist monastic women. Thus, this study of the Buddhist discourse of birth is also a genealogy of gender in middle period Indian Buddhism.
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Saturday at 11 AM – 5 PM, @ Goodman Arts Centre
Tanjong Goodman is back with its brightest and boldest edition yet!
Get up close with Goodman’s resident artists in over 50 programmes and explore a vibrant array of art forms that include storytelling, craft making, dance and more.
Also happening is everyone’s favourite Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market and the launch of The Artground – A curious place to be, Singapore’s newest children’s arts centre!
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“…in saying ‘not this word’, I perform not a rejection tout court but an opening for something else to come. The ‘lack’ is a strategy of non-alignment that converts its dissatisfaction with the existing positions into a generative moment, allowing me to entertain (in all senses) . . . By this token, it is a mode of critique that understands that we need more, so much more, than just ‘better’ words.”
— For Lack Of A Better Word by Ho Rui An.
On 8th of July 7-9pm, at old Parliament House at BLUE room both Singaporean and Bangladeshi poets, writers, and singers, are coming together to speak in the common language of poetry, songs, and love.
Join us this evening, when we put racial and cultural differences and language barriers aside, to listen to each other’s stories, and find out a little bit more about another culture.
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