Here six western women scholars and practitioners explore issues of "women" and "the feminine" in Tibet. These critical and provocative essays discuss female role models, the nun's life, and gender and role identity as manifested in Tibet. Jan Willis writes on "Dakini: Some Comments on its Nature and Meaning" and on "Tibetan Anis: The Nun's Life in Tibet." Here too are Rita Gross on "Yeshe Tsogyel: Enlightened Consort"; Janet Gyatso on "Down with the Demoness"; Miranda Shaw on "An Ecstatic Song by Laksminkara"; Barbara Aziz on "Moving Towards a Sociology of Tibet"; Karma Lekshe Tsomo on "Tibetan Nuns and Nunneries."
"Brings to the fore in one volume the voices of the major Western women scholars of Tibetan Buddhism ... an outstanding resource for the student of women and Buddhism."—Pacific World