The Gifts of Wisdom: Images of the Feminine in Buddhism and Christianity

  • Morny JoyEmail author
Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 17)


In the final Chapter Morny Joy evaluates the contemporary appeal to the ideal of wisdom as a category that inspires two contemporary women scholars in Catholicism and Tibetan Buddhism. In both instances wisdom has been appreciated as affiliated with “feminine” aspects, though not in any absolute sense. It is a bounteous gift. Joy considers the implications of this evocation, given the many debates in the past 20 years among women scholars as to constructivism and essentialism, nostalgia and innovation. “Wisdom” in this context serves as a key to examine in detail developments and prospects for women and disparate gendered attributes that they both claim and reject.


Interpretation Manifestation Wisdom Compassion Enlightenment Bounteous Non-dual nature Relationship Autonomy Gift Prajñā Sophia Liberatory figure Justice Oppressive systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Classics and ReligionUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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