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Being Bodies

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The relationship between body and mind has always been a topic of speculation and spirited discussion. The authors of the pieces contained in this anthology address the problem from the unique dual perspective of being women and being students of Buddhism.
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Overview

The relationship between body and mind has always been a topic of speculation and spirited discussion. The authors of the pieces contained in this anthology address the problem from the unique dual perspective of being women and being students of Buddhism.
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Editorial Reviews

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"In speaking very personally about their own experience, from birth to menopause to sickness and death, the women whose voices are collected in these essays have hit universal chords for all women who are spiritual seekers."— Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623240
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Moon is a writer and longtime Zen Buddhist who teaches popular writing workshops, mostly in California. She is the former editor of Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Body as Suffering
Body of Radiant Knots 3
The Only Way I Know of to Alleviate Suffering 10
Enjoying the Perfection of Imperfection 18
A Mama Raccoon in the Net of Indra 25
No Eye, Ear, Nose... 35
Hearing the Voice of the Body 43
About Death 48
Pt. 2 Body as Nature
Running the Bush 53
Birth 59
Midlife Sacrament 65
Aging as a Russian Doll 71
Our Body and Our Economy 78
Pt. 3 Body as Gender
Piecing Together a Life 87
Anger and Meditation 95
Breaking through the Concrete 103
What Do Lesbians Do in the Daytime? 110
Celibate 115
Pt. 4 Body as Vehicle
Bowing to the Great Mirror 125
Dance: A Body with a Mind of Its Own 128
Meeting Vajrayogini 133
Grounding and Opening 139
Body on the Line 148
On the Other Side of Attachment 153
Three Methods for Working with Chaos 163
Pt. 5 Body as Self
Embodiment 171
Of Mud and Broken Windows 173
Tracking the Two Bodies 178
The Formless Form: Buddhism and the Community of Recovery 185
Craving 197
A Conduit for Love: Adopting a Positive Daughter 207
Tulku 216
The Lonely Body 223
Our Substitute Life 230
About the Contributors 235
Credits 241
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