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Zen Women

Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters
Zen Women

Author(s) : Schireson, Grace
Publishers Price : 12.99
Wisdom Price : 11.04(save 15%)
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ISBN : 086171475X
EAN : 9780861714759
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 302
Size : 228 x 152mm
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Published : 2009
Category : Women in Buddhism
Category 2 : Zen: General
This book celebrates the traditional stories of Buddhist heroines while at the same time giving new identity and pride to modern readers male and female alike.

For centuries in Asia Buddhist women have been expressing their practice in a way that we in the West are just beginning to understand and come to terms with. Throughout Buddhist history women have had limited access to teachings and group ordination. They often had to practice within the confines of the seemingly mundane aspects of daily life in society. These women provide modern Western practitioners with fitting examples of spiritual perseverance in the face of ordinary struggles.

The non-duality so often stressed in Zen can empower us to transcend gender stereotypes and embrace our ability to live in genuine equality. The teachings of the Buddha have made their way around the globe and are constantly adapting in order to best benefit those who put them into practice, no matter where, no matter when, and no matter what gender.

"An exceptional and powerful classic with great depth, humour, and clarity." Joan Halifax.

"Encouraging, inspiring, and profoundly useful." Jane Hirshfield.

"Men and women alike will be moved by these stories of women who risked everything - sometimes even their lives - to study the Dharma. This book should be required reading for truth seekers of every faith." Lewis Richmond.

"Grace Schireson's readings of the stories and teachings of Zen's women ancestors are of far more than mere historical interest; they are of great value to all of us. You cannot find a more useful or more inspiring book on this subject." Miriam Levering.

"With passion and verve, this inspiring work is a significant step toward filling the gaping holes in Buddhist literature on women's practice. Read it, laugh, and weep - and feel empowered." Wendy Egyoku Nakao, abbess Zen Center Los Angeles.

"This book changes everything! Zen women is all about us. It resets the common understanding of Zen history with eye-opening stories. A must-read." Pat Enkyo O'Hara.
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