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The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women Paperback – November 5, 2013
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"Record of the Hidden Lamp is a gift to all Dharma students, men and women. In this magnificent and fresh compilation, we learn about the feminine and its central place in Buddhist teachings and practice." -- Pilar Jennings, author of Mixing Minds
"A treasure. Earthy, challenging, often irreverent, always inspiring the reader to dig deep for the truth that leads to awakening. Not only for women, this collection presents the rich feminine perspective for all sincere dharma practitioners." -- James Baraz, cofounding teacher Spirit Rock Meditation Center, author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Real Happiness
"How beautiful and strong, the voices of these wise women, made intimate and modern in this ancient Zen form." -- Jack Kornfield
"This is an invaluable resource for practitioners and seekers everywhere. These are treasures unearthed." -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
"You will return to this collection again and again for a dose of its abundant insight, encouragement, steadfastness, warmth, and wit." -- Colleen Morton Busch, author of Fire Monks
"Teachings leap off these pages - a wake-up call for the 21st century." -- China Galland, author of Love Cemetery
"An important contribution to Buddhist literature that provides a more complete understanding of Buddhism and Buddhist history." -- Steve Hagen, author of Why the World Doesn't Seem to Make Sense
About the Author
Reigetsu Susan Moon has been practicing in the Soto Zen tradition for 35 years, and is a lay teacher with the Everyday Zen Sangha. Her previous books include the cult classic The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging. For many years she edited Turning Wheel, the journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She teaches writing workshops, is a serious student of photography, and an enthusiastic grandmother. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer is the author of Taking Our Places, Training in Compassion, and Opening to You, among others. He lives in Muir Beach, CA.
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This is not just an important collection because it is a collection of and by women in the Dharma. It's important because of the value of their perspectives. Reading these stories, allowing them to enter one's life as if hearing them in the Dharma Hall, the power of koans and Dharma take on a life of their own, intermingling with each of our lives, enriching them, broadening them, awakening that which does not change and bringing it to the foreground. It is by far THE best collection of zen stories I've seen compiled in some time.
Many of the stories comment on stories I've never heard before. It's fresh.
Perhaps one of the most important contributions America and the West has made to buddhism in general is the recognition that women are not just nameless tea ladies of the past, but vibrant, awakened, specific women of our time, of all time. I am grateful to Zenshin Caplow for taking on this project and for producing such a beautiful collection and I highly recommend it for your study.
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The commentaries on the tales, all written by women, are in the nature of being guides helping readers to develop their own interpretations best suited to their individual needs. Men can benefit just as much as women from this work, which is an inspiring debunker of all kinds of cocksure, know-all attitudes, which are sadly all too prevalent in the world around us, leading to prejudice, misunderstanding and cruelty. This wonderful collection is the perfect antidote to all that.
I recommend it to all lovers of oriental culture and zen practicioners.