6. Mindful Mothering

How Feminist Buddhist Practices Enhance Experiences of Beauty

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Sheryl Tuttle Ross PhD associate professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch6

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Ross, S. T. (2010) Mindful Mothering, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • mindful mothering - how feminist Buddhist practices enhance beauty experiences;
  • “Pain is inevitable - suffering optional” - formulation of the first noble truth of Buddhism;
  • pregnancy and first noble truth - pain being inevitable;
  • pain is inevitable, meaning that life is difficult and painful;
  • sexual education, and fear and shame - teaching biological facts with emphasis on risks;
  • Buddhists, simply believing pain - as inevitable part of human existence;
  • second noble truth - pain from cravings and attachment;
  • end of all suffering - or how to be a feminist Buddhist mommy;
  • role that social scripts and conditioning play - how we experience our lives as women;
  • Metta meditation, of a formal meditation process - informally, focusing on our breath throughout the day


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pregnancy and the First Noble Truth: Pain is Inevitable

  • The Second Noble Truth: Pain Arises from Cravings and Attachment

  • The Third Noble Truth: The End of Suffering is Possible, or How to Be a Feminist Buddhist Mommy

  • Mommy Meditations

  • Notes