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Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters by [Grace Schireson, Miriam Levering]

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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.-- "Inquiring Mind"

An exceptional and powerful classic with great depth, humor, and clarity.--Joan Halifax, abbess of Upaya Zen Center

Encouraging, inspiring, and profoundly useful. A kind of Blue Cliff Record for our own time.--Jane Hirshfield

Fascinating and delightful. This book will overturn many long-held stereotypes about Zen.--Ruben L.F. Habito, author of Living Zen, Loving God

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.--Norman Fischer, author of Sailing Home

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.--Lewis Richmond, author of Work as a Spiritual Practice

These pages come alive with the power to inspire.--Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center

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.--Pat Enkyo O'Hara, abbess of the Village Zendo

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.--Wendy Egyoku Nakao, abbess of the Zen Center Los Angeles

So here's the thumbnail review: read this book.-- "Buddhadharma" --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Grace Schireson is a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, chief abbot of Tofukuji Monastery in Kyoto Japan. Grace is the head teacher of the Central Valley Zen Foundation and has founded and leads three Zen groups and a Zen retreat center, in California. Grace is also a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in women and families. Married for over forty years, she has two sons and three grandchildren. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0041G690E
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wisdom Publications; Illustrated edition (10 November 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1795 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 321 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and helps my zen practice
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary View Of Zen In the U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Overview of Women in Zen, in the Past, and Now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue, but well worth the wait
Reviewed in the United States on 16 November 2009
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