Rita M. Gross was a brilliant feminist religious scholar, whose work was invaluable to me as a Religious Studies minor in my Undergrad, and as a Feminist scholar in graduate school. She died yesterday, and I am deeply saddened by the news.
Feminist foremother in the field of women and religion and Buddhist feminist theologian Rita Gross died on November 11, 2015 in her beautiful home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, surrounded by symbols of Buddhist art and the loving presence of her cats. Rita suffered a massive stroke in late October, and in accord with her wishes to refuse extraordinary care, she was provided with hospice care in her home, which kept her comfortable as she died. Those who were with her said that she entered into an advanced meditative state in her last days.
In gratitude for her life and work, FAR republishes her reflections on the Buddhist notion that female rebirth is an obstacle.