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

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

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by Grace Schireson
     
 

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This landmark presentation at last makes heard the centuries of the voices of Zen’s women. Through exploring the teachings and history of Zen’s female ancestors, from the time of the Buddha to ancient and modern female masters in China, Korea, and Japan, Grace Schireson offers us a view of a more balanced Dharma practice, one that is especially

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This landmark presentation at last makes heard the centuries of the voices of Zen’s women. Through exploring the teachings and history of Zen’s female ancestors, from the time of the Buddha to ancient and modern female masters in China, Korea, and Japan, Grace Schireson offers us a view of a more balanced Dharma practice, one that is especially applicable to our complex lives, embedded as they are in webs of family relations and responsibilities, and the challenges of love and work.

Editorial Reviews

Buddhadharma
"So here's the thumbnail review: read this book."
Jane Hirshfield
"Encouraging, inspiring, and profoundly useful. A kind of Blue Cliff Record for our own time."
Joan Halifax
"An exceptional and powerful classic with great depth, humor, and clarity."
Pat Enkyo O'Hara
"This book changes everything! Zen Women is about all of us. It resets the common understanding of Zen history with eye-opening stories. A must-read."
Sojun Mel Weitsman
"These pages come alive with the power to inspire."
Norman Fischer
"Full inclusion of women is the single most revolutionary development in religion for our time. This book is crucial for anyone who wants to understand contemporary spiritual practice."
Lewis Richmond
"Men and women alike will weep to read these stories of generations of Zen women who risked everything-sometimes even their lives-to study the Dharma. This book should be required reading for truth seekers of every faith."
Wendy Egyoku Nakao
"With passion and verve, this inspiring work is a significant step towards filling the gaping holes in Buddhist literature on women's practice. Read it, laugh, and weep-and most of all, feel empowered."
Ruben L.F. Habito
"Fascinating and delightful. This book will overturn many long-held stereotypes about Zen."
Inquiring Mind
"Zen Women opens, onto millennia and across continents, women's places in Zen. The word beyond in the subtitle charges us to pass by the common yet limiting images of our possibilities as Buddhist women and move toward those that make us proud and ready to build an American Zen. Schireson is making a new record for the future. She seeks to resolve contradictions and missing stories in the record not by claiming victimization of women and calling for restitution but by revising the record and reinterpreting the Zen lineage for our own time. The stories function as case studies of women's social engagement and encouragement for women's leadership in the sangha and in society."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861714759
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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