A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism

A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism

by Pamela Weiss


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Reimagining Buddhism through a feminine lens: A powerful memoir of healing, strength, and spiritual awakening.

Written by the first and only layperson to receive full dharma transmission in the Suzuki Roshi Soto Zen lineage, A Bigger Sky explores what it means to traverse the gaps of a Buddhism created by and for men, navigate the seemingly contradictory domains of secular and spiritual life, and walk a path through the heart of the world. Blending memoir, Buddhist practice, and cultural observation, Weiss reorients Buddhism through a wider and more inclusive feminine lens. Her personal and spiritual journey speaks to the bits of brokenness in us all, shining a light on the different pathways we can walk to become whole.

Through beautifully crafted prose, Weiss shares what it means to be an ordinary Bodhisattva, describing how the Buddha's profound vision of freedom can be lived outside of institutions and rule-bound practice to support us in deepening our connection with ourselves, each other, and the planet. A Bigger Sky illuminates how integrating a more feminine approach to Buddhist teachings can be applied in spiritual practice, community, relationships, and day-to-day life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174750
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 341,185
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

PAMELA WEISS is a Buddhist teacher authorized in two traditions—Zen and Theraveda—and is the first and only layperson in the Suzuki Roshi Soto Zen lineage to receive full Dharma Transmission. After living as a monastic at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, she completed comprehensive training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center to become an Insight meditation teacher. She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, a guiding teacher at San Francisco Insight, and a visiting teacher at the Brooklyn Zen Center. Weiss is also an executive coach, CEO, entrepreneur, and pioneer in bringing Buddhist principles and practices into the workplace. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her little dog, Grover.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Love Yourself Completely

1 Suffering and the End of Suffering 7

2 Awakening Wonder 23

3 I Want to Be Free 39

4 Freedom Is Possible 45

Part II Winning People's Hearts

5 The Path Is a Circle 61

6 Ordinary Bodhisattvas 75

7 Practicing Everywhere 87

8 Everything Changes 109

Part III No Part Left Out

9 Mistakes the Buddha Made 133

10 The Women Speak 145

11 All Hands on the Rim 159

12 Birthing a New Path 169

Epilogue 189

Bodhisattva Vows and Precepts 197

Names of Female Ancestors Chanted in Soto Zen Temples 199

Resources on Buddhist Women 201

Appreciation and Acknowledgments 203

Index 207

About the Author 217

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