Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism / Edition 2

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American Women Creating the New Buddhism

Updated and Expanded Edition

"Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand feminism, Buddhist practice in America today, and where and how these two movements meet."
-Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature

Boucher celebrates the many contributions of women to American Buddhism and provides an intimate look at the lives of women who are the teachers, scholars, nuns, and followers of a newly evolving Buddhist practice in this country. "A thought-provoking examination."--Victoria Scott, San Francisco Chronicle. Photos.

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'Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand feminism, Buddhist practice in America today, and where and how these two movements meet.'—Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807073056
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Boucher is author of Opening the Lotus and Turning the Wheel. She lives in Oakland, California.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1993 Edition
1 Brave Beginnings 1
My Part in This 5
Basic Buddhism 15
Directions 21
2 Strong Voices for Change 28
Joy of the Dharma 30
On the Move 38
Kahawai Journal of Women and Zen 43
Spiritual Rebel 45
Daughter of Kali 52
Pioneer Scholar 59
Organizing, Innovating 63
Woman's Path 69
She Who Questions 76
Photographs 85
3 Nuns, Monks, and "Nunks" 87
Lotus Torch of Dharma 93
Unlikely Traveler 99
The Nuns Island 108
Women's Dharma Monastery 114
Zen Monasticism for Women 122
On the Feeling Side
Women's Unique Practice
Shasta Abbey 133
Photographs 145
4 Lighting the Way: Women Teachers and Women-Led Centers and Retreats 148
Two Who Challenge 151
To Shine Like a Star 161
Touching the Earth 165
Women Practicing Together 174
A Lion in the Desert 177
Zen Foremothers 184
Mind-Heart to Mind-Heart 194
Three Views of Maurine Stuart 202
Photographs 207
5 Conspiracy of Silence: The Problem of the Male Teacher 210
Unmerging, Becoming Oneself 214
Seven Stressful Years 220
Secrets 225
Defining the Context 235
Comments on an Unconventional Teacher, by His Students 240
A Mirror of the Family 245
Photographs 257
6 Bridges: The Link Between Buddhist Practice and Political Activism 259
Engaged Buddhism - The Unity of Mind and World 263
Despair and Empowerment Work - Connecting with the Great Net of Being 271
Building for Peace - The Peace Pagoda 276
Green Politics and Beyond 284
Buddhists Concerned for Animals 288
Intimate Enemies - Sexual Abuse 294
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Class and Race 306
Photographs 322
7 Living Together: The Integration of Buddhist Practice with Family Life, Job, and Community 326
Mothers 328
Photographs 336
8 Strengthening the Net 337
Coming Together 338
Looking Back and Looking Forward 340
Those Who Take the Lead 341
Protecting the Earth 344
Opening to Our Sisters across the Globe 348
Painful Lessons 351
Growing Up 357
Glossary 363
Bibliography 367
Index 373
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