Women & Buddhism
Browse our collection of books on Buddhism that relate to the role of women in Buddhist communities, and special practices and scholarship devoted to empowering women practicing Dharma.
12 Steps on Buddha’s Path
Bill, Buddha, and We
Laura S., Author
Sylvia Boorstein, Foreword
12 Steps on Buddha's Path is an inspiring firsthand account of what happens when life seems hopeless, and the miracle of finding out that it's anything but.
The author describes her own journey of recovery from alcoholisman astonishing passage through strange and frightening territoryand marks out the path that allowed her to emerge from that darkness as a wise and compassionate person living a life that is joyous and free. This book is a powerful and enriching synthesis of the 12-Step recovery programs and the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. It is sure to appeal to anyone touched by addiction, including those looking for new ways to understand and work with the tried-and-true 12-Step system. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from Alcoholism and other forms of dependence, and 12 Steps on Buddha's Path offers hope and help for any one of them.
Though writing anonymously out of deep respect for 12-Step policies, the author is in fact a well-known professional author, deeply involved in the recovery and meditation communities.
ISBN:0-86171-281-1_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $10.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed
Kathleen Willis Morton,
After the death of her six-week-old son, Liam, Katie Willis Morton embarks on a courageous search for solace and understanding. The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed invites readers to share in her voyage as she travels the world and the landscapes of her own experience. Interweaving what she witnesses - simple rituals like children's baths and picnics, and rites of passage like birth and death - with her own recovery and growth, she discovers that the pain she has experienced is both unavoidable and necessary, a pivotal part of the process of healing that can lead to "a victorious kind of joy, of acceptance." In discovering herself, Morton's story speaks to readers suffering similar tragedies, and indeed to all of us, in an intimate and inspiring story about enduring world-shattering pain and coming out whole.
The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed helps us confront the universal truths of love and loss that we all will eventually and inevitably encounter. This book will be a comfort to anyone who has faced a tragic loss, but not only that, it takes us all on a rich journey, through joy, suffering, and ultimately to hope, in a way that is quietly beautiful and, above all, utterly life-affirming.
ISBN:0-86171-565-9_|_192_|_Our Price: $12.76 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Daughters of Emptiness
Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns
Beata Grant, Author
A sample poem for this stunning collection:
The sequence of seasons naturally pushes forward,
Suddenly I am startled by the ending of the year.
Lifting my eyes I catch sight of the winter crows,
Calling mournfully as if wanting to complain.
The sunlight is cold rather than gentle,
Spreading over the four corners like a cloud.
A cold wind blows fitfully in from the north,
Its sad whistling filling courtyards and houses.
Head raised, I gaze in the direction of Spring,
But Spring pays no attention to me at all.
Time a galloping colt glimpsed through a crack,
The tap [of Death] at the door has its predestined time.
How should I not know, one who has left the world,
And for whom floating clouds are already familiar?
In the garden there grows a rosary-plum tree:
Whose sworn friendship makes it possible to endure.
—Chan Master Jingnuo
ISBN:0-86171-362-1_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Dignity and Discipline
Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns
Ven. Jampa Tsedroen,
When the Buddha established his community over twenty-five centuries ago, he did so upon a foundation of radical equality among women and men. And indeed, the earliest Buddhist scriptures celebrate the teachings and inspiring influence of these path-blazing female renunciants. Nonetheless, through much of the Buddhist world, the order of nuns has disappeared or was never transmitted at all.
Dignity and Discipline represents a watershed moment in Buddhist history, as the Dalai Lama together with scholars and monastics from around the world, present powerful cases, grounded in both scripture and a profound appeal to human dignity, that the order of Buddhist nuns can and should be fully restored.
ISBN:0-86171-588-8_|_352 pages_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Black, Baptist, and Buddhist - One Woman’s Spiritual Journey
Jan Willis is not Baptist or Buddhist. She is simply both. Dreaming Me is the story of her life, as a child growing up in the Jim Crow South, dealing with racism in an Ivy League college, and becoming involved with the Black Panther Party. But it wasn't until meeting Lama Yeshe, a Tibetan Buddhist monk living in the mountains of Nepal that she realized who the real Jan Willis was, and how to make the most of the life she was living.
ISBN:0-86171-548-9_|_384 pages_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Heaven and Earth are Flowers
Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism
Joan D. Stamm,
In this lovely meditation on ikebana—the Japanese art of flower arranging—Joan Stamm shows us how her twin paths of Buddhist practice and artistic endeavor converge and indeed become thoroughly intertwined.
Joan's lush, elegant voice weaves childhood memories of her mother's joy at a just-bloomed morning glory with meditations on the symbolic importance of bamboo, of pine, of the lily. She takes us with her on her travels to Japan as she learns the essential principles of ikebana, and lets us join her as she teaches flower arranging to women in a nursing home who, though they won't recall tomorrow the rules of arrangement or even the flowers' names, nonetheless partake in the joy and love that celebrates all living things, however briefly they endure. And, when Joan shows us the natural symmetry of a blossom, we find that we too have regained our balance.
Includes 16 full-color photographs of the author’s original ikebana.
ISBN:0-86171-577-2_|_192 pages _|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
Zenshin Florence Caplow, Editor
Reigetsu Susan Moon, Editor_|_Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Foreword
The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road.
Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher—personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today—and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.
ISBN:0-86171-659-0_|_400_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Horses Like Lightning
A Story of Passage Through the Himalayas
Sienna Craig, Author
A tender account—by turns cultural exploration and memoir of a young woman's firsthand experience of change and continuity in one of the worlds most remote regions, through the lens of the horse and "horse culture."
At just 19, Sienna Craig made her first venture deep into Mustang, an ethnically Tibetan area of Nepal, in the rainshadow of the Himalayas. As an equestrian and a buddhing anthropologist, she sought not only to understand what it was like to rely on horses to navigate through the windswept valleys and plains of High Asia, but also to grasp how horses lent meaning to the lives of the Mustangi people. Through living and working with local Tibetan doctors, veterinarians, and other horse experts, as well as the deep friendships she formed, Sienna began to understand the region's history, and the way life in Mustang was being transformed in the face of temendous social, political, and economic shifts. She learned much about herself and her life's course through her year in Mustang -- a place that came to feel, for all its foreignness, like home.
Click below to read more about Sienna and Horses Like Lightning
The Santa Barbara Independent article.
ISBN:0-86171-517-9_|_304_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Hundred Thousand White Stones
An Ordinary Tibetan’s Extraordinary Journey
Kunsang Dolma, Author
A Hundred Thousand White Stones is one young Tibetan woman's fearlessly told story of longing and change. Kunsang Dolma writes with unvarnished candor of the hardships she experienced as a girl in Tibet, violations as a refugee nun in India, and struggles as an immigrant and new mother in America. Yet even in tribulation, she finds levity and never descends to self-pity. We watch in wonder as her unlikely choices and remarkable persistence bring her into ever-widening circles, finding love and a family in the process, and finally bringing her back to her childhood home. A Hundred Thousand White Stones offers an honest assessment of what is gained in pursuing life in the developed world and what is lost.
ISBN:1-61429-071-7_|_256_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava
The Indian Consort of Padmasambhava
Lama Chonam, Author
Sangye Khandro, Author_|_Janet Gyatso, Introduction
This lucid translation of a rare Tibetan treasure text makes available for the first time to Western readers the remarkable lifestory of Princess Madarava. As the principal consort of the eighth-century Indian master Padmasambhava before he introduced tantric Buddhism to Tibet, Mandarava is the Indian counterpart of the Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal. Lives and Liberation recounts her struggles and triumphs as a Buddhist adept throughout her many lives and is an authentic deliverance story of a female Buddhist master. Those who read this book will gain inspiration and encouragement on the path to liberation.
ISBN:0-86171-144-0_|_240 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place
Melvin McLeod, Editor
"I've studied politics my entire life. It's been because of my time working on this book that I've finally learned what's really important in politics." So says Melvin McLeod, editor of Mindful Politics, a book that transcends Right and Left, progressive and conservative, to get to the heart of what matters: how we can all make a positive difference in our complex political world.
This is not your typical political book. It's not written at a fever pitch, it doesn't use a good/bad binary, and it doesn't tout partisan policies. Instead, this timely collection addresses the less-discussed but more important questions about politics: What insight does religion have to offer politics? How can we as concerned citizens move beyond the particulars of legislation and party affiliation, and take direct action? How, amid divisive and challenging times, can personal growth and effective advocacy take place together?
In short, Mindful Politics offers the persectives of 34 important authors and thinkers on how each of us, right now, can make the world a better place.
McLeod includes essays and insights from some of the brightest, and most controversial, lights of Buddhism - and beyond.
Thich Nhat Hanh | Sam Harris (author of The End of Faith) | The Dalai Lama |
Jerry Brown | Pema Chodron | Trungpa Rinpoche | bell hooks | Ezra Bayda |
Meg Wheatley ...and many more
ISBN:0-86171-298-6_|_320 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
One Hundred Days of Solitude
Losing My Self and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat
Jane Dobisz, Author
In One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing My Self and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat,American teacher of Korean Zen Jane Dobisz (Zen Master Bon Yeon), recalls her first solitary meditation stint in the woods. Luckily, this is not just a recounting of a winter's worth of cabin fever. Instead, Dobisz takes us into her cabin, and into her
mind, as she tries--at least temporarily--to live a Walden-like existence.
All the bowing and meditating and
wood-chopping that is part and parcel of her
retreat is hardly first nature, but the
good-humored and tenacious Dobisz is able to
adapt, and to relate her hundred days with
moving insight and humanity. Her
Solitude in fact offers us all a
chance to commune with her and to look inside
and rediscover our own grace.
ISBN:0-86171-538-1_|_160_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Pure and Simple
The Extraordinary Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Laywoman
Upasika Kee, Author
Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Author
Upasika Kee was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthy, refreshingly direct, and hard-hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand-male or female-all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson.
Her relentless honesty, along with her encouraging voice, is one reason so many contemporary Buddhist teachers recall Upasika Kee so fondly, and so often.
Pure and Simple, the first widely-available collection of her writings, will be gratefully received not only by those who knew Upasika Kee, but by anyone who encounters her for the first time in its pages.
ISBN:0-86171-492-X_|_272 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind
The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint
Maura O'Halloran, Author
One of the most beloved Buddhist books of all time-having inspired popular musicians, artists, a documentary film, and countless readers-is now in an expanded, new edition, loaded with extras. Absolutely absorbing from start to finish, this is a true story you might truly fall in love with.
At only 24, Maura O'Halloran left her Irish-American family stateside and traveled to Japan, where she began studying under an inscrutable Zen master. She would herself become recognized as a Zen master-in an uncommonly brief amount of time. Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind is Maura's beautifully-written account of her journey. These journal entries and letters home reveal astonishing, wise-beyond-her-years humor, compassion, wisdom, and commitment.
This expanded edition includes never-before-seen entries and poems, the author's unfinished novel, and an afterword that discusses the book's cultural impact. It will be a must-have for Maura's previous fans-and will surely find her thousands of new ones.
ISBN:0-86171-283-8_|_ 320_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Best of Inquiring Mind
25 Years of Dharma, Drama, and Uncommon Insight
Edited by Barbara Gates and Wes Nisker,
For over a quarter century Inquiring Mind has been a pathblazer at the forefront of Buddhism in the West. Rich in insight, humor, and world-renowned expertise, The Best of Inquiring Mind is an unprecedented gathering of wisdom from the minds of some of the most influential thinkers in the realm of modern Dharma.
ISBN:0-86171-551-9_|_360_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Tibetan Art of Parenting
From Before Conception through Early Childhood
Anne Maiden Brown, Author
Edie Farwell, Author
This is an inspiring and practical introduction for parents, health workers, policy makers, educators, spiritual students, and others to an integrated system of health care that includes body, emotions, mind, spirit, relationships, and environment. ... An invaluable guide for anyone interested in anything from holistic healthcare to the myths, legends, and child-rearing practices of the Tibetan people.
ISBN:0-86171-579-9_|_256 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Her Visualization, Rituals, and Forms
Elizabeth English, Author
Vajrayogini is a tantric goddess from the highest class of Buddhist tantras who manifests the ultimate development of wisdom and compassion. Her practice is prevalent today among practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. This ground-breaking book delves into the origins of Vajrayogin_, charting her evolution in India and examining her roots in the Cakrasamvara tantra and in Indian tradition relating to Shiva.
The focus of this work is the Guhyasamayasadhanamala, a collection of forty-six sadhanas, or practice texts. Written on palm leaves in Sanskrit and preserved since the twelfth century, this diverse collection, composed by various authors, reveals a multitude of forms of the goddess, each of which is described and illustrated here. One of the sadhanas, the Vajravarahi Sadhana by Umapatideva, depicts Vajrayogini at the center of a mandala of thirty-seven different goddesses, and is here presented in full translation alongside a Sanskrit edition. Elizabeth English provides extensive explanation and annotation of this representative text. Sixteen pages of stunning color plates not only enhance the study but bring the goddess to life.
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ISBN:0-86171-329-X_|_608 pp_|_Our Price: $27.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Dharma of Cooking: With 108 Delicious Easy Vegetarian Recipes
The kitchen is the most vital place on Earth, because survival even now in the age of iPads and large hadron colliders still depends on wholesome, nutritious food. In keeping with this simple truth Veggiyana provides 108 tasty, beloved and simple recipes from around the world. And generously sprinkled throughout—like the perfect blend of herbs and spices are morsels of time-tested wisdom on how to live a life that nourishes both body and spirit. Veggiyana brings the vitality of the worlds kitchens to your own with wisdom and recipes to delight and inspire.
ISBN:0-86171-636-1_|_320_|_Our Price: $15.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Voice That Remembers
One Woman’s Historic Fight to Free Tibet
Ama Adhe, Author
Joy Blakeslee, Author_|_His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Foreword
Ama Adhe's spirit soars over national and cultural boundaries. Her tenacious struggle to remain human in the face of inhuman torture and deprivation while imprisoned by the Chinese for twenty-seven years inspires any reader fortunate enough to encounter this remarkable woman's story. An added bonus is an education on Tibet and China in the last half of the twentieth century.
ISBN:0-86171-149-1_|_272 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Waking Up Together
Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path
Ellen Jikai Birx, Author
Charles Shinkai Birx, Author
Waking Up Together is written for those who want to journey to new depths of intimacy, both spiritually and in their love relationship. The book shows how a committed, long-term relationship can enhance spiritual development and how relationships can be transformed by spiritual practice. Written by two Zen teachers married for thirty-seven years, it shows that relationships and all that arise from them can be a help - not a hindrance! - as we seek greater freedom and joy. It is possible to wake up together!
Going far beyond merely recommending skills and strategies to improve relationships, Waking Up Together serves as a guide in our ongoing process of spiritual discovery and intimacy. Throughout the book the authors intermingle stories and poems along with anecdotes from their married life, empowering couples to awaken to an ever-expanding experience of relationship that is full of spontaneity, mystery, awe, love, and unlimited possibility. Waking Up Together will be useful for couples of all persuasions. It affirms and encourages couples to cultivate the richness of their own relationship, and open to the unbounded potential of love.
ISBN:0-86171-395-8_|_256 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Women Practicing Buddhism
Peter N. Gregory, Editor
Susanne Mrozik, Editor
Individually and collectively, today’s female practitioners are changing the face of Buddhism today, as surely as Buddhist practice is transforming each one of their lives.
In Women Practicing Buddhism, you'll meet a diverse sampling of contemporary Buddhist women, from those who are crucial to the community's organizational fabric to others who infuse their art and activism with the Dharma.
Author and social activist bell hooks * Composer, singer, filmmaker, choreographer, and director Meredith Monk * American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Karma Lekshe Tsomo * former Tricycle editor Helen Tworkov * Jane Hirshfield, prize-winning poet, translator, and essayist * Pat Enkyo O'Hara, abbot of NYC's Village Zendo
* and many more.
Women Practicing Buddhism is a kind of mosaic portrait of the Buddhist women's movement, revealing some of the many ways that the Dharma returns the embrace of those women who are coming to it and making it their own.
ISBN:0-86171-539-X_|_256 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Women’s Buddhism, Buddhism’s Women
Tradition, Revision, Renewal
Ellison Banks Findly, Editor
Throughout Buddhism's history, women have been hindered in their efforts to actualize the fullness of their spiritual lives: they face more obstacles to reaching full ordination, have fewer opportunities to cultivate advanced practice, and receive diminished recognition for their spiritual accomplishments.
Here, a diverse array of scholars, activists, and practitioners explores how women have always managed to sustain a vital place for themselves within the tradition and continue to bring about change in the forms, practices, and institutions of Buddhism. in essays ranging from the scholarly to the personal, Women's Buddhism, Buddhism's Women describes how women have significantly shaped Buddhism to meet their own needs and the demands of contemporary life.
ISBN:0-86171-165-3_|_512 pp_|_Our Price: $19.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters
This landmark presentation at last makes heard the centuries of 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.
Part I of this book describes female practitioners as they are portrayed in the classic literature of “Patriarchs' Zen”—often as “tea-ladies,” bit players in the drama of male students' enlightenments; as “iron maidens,” tough-as-nails women always jousting with their male counterparts; or women who themselves become “macho masters,” teaching the same Patriarchs' Zen as the men do. Part II of this book presents a different view—a view of how women Zen masters entered Zen practice and how they embodied and taught Zen uniquely as women. This section examines many urgent and illuminating questions about our Zen grandmothers: How did it affect them to be taught by men? What did they feel as they trying to fit into this male practice environment, and how did their Zen training help them with their feelings? How did their lives and relationships differ from that of their male teachers? How did they express the Dharma in their own way for other female students? How was their teaching consistently different from that of male ancestors? And then part III explores how women's practice provides flexible and pragmatic solutions to issues arising in contemporary Western Zen centers.
ISBN:0-86171-475-X_|_320 pages_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
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