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While the juxtaposition of feminism and Buddhism might seem peculiar, this book is delightfully free of cant. The author offers examples of her experiences as a lesbian spiritual seeker who at the age of 60 has arrived at a good balance of goals. Since nearly all religions suffer from patriarchal bias, Boucher's search has not been easy, and any reader can relate to it. Because of her maturity and sincerity, the usual feminist outrage has faded into Buddhist calm detachment and Boucher's determined focus on her practice. Boucher offers mediation techniques, with attention to such goddesses as Kwan Yin and Tara to coincide with timeless Buddhist principles. There is a helpful annotated and international directory of women's Buddhist centers and teachers, as well as a brief bibliography. Recommended for all libraries.?Jeanne S. Bagby, formerly Tucson P.L., Ariz.
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Here is a trustworthy traveling companion for the countless Western women who desire, and deserve, to venture on the Dharma path.--Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self

"I found Opening the Lotus illuminating in its clarity, depth, and patient guidance and could see it appreciated in numerous settings, from meditation centers to college classrooms." --Ellyn Kaschak, professor of psychology, San Jose State University, author of Engendered Lives

"An energetic and useful recasting of Buddhism's beliefs for contemporary women."
-Publishers Weekly

"Opening the Lotus is a triumph of clarity and feminine wisdom."--Frederic A. Brussat, Body Mind Spirit
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807073091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807073094
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Hutchinson on September 1, 2006
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When I began studying Buddhism, I found myself wondering how my feminist philosophies would fit into the Buddhist view. This book was a great help in exploring Buddhism as it relates to women, written in an almost conversational tone by Sandy Boucher, who has been practicing for over 20 years.

This is not a definitive book, but one very helpful in introducing Buddhism to women. It's an excellent read, and comforting in its own way. I'm on my second read through, and still think this is one of my favorite books on Buddhism.
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I love this book. Very inspiring step on the spiritual journey. Often women struggle when trying to find a place within a traditional religion, and women exploring Buddhism can come up against these same gender issues (surprising, but true). Opening the lotus gives a woman firm footing upon which to base further exploration of Buddhism along with some very inspirational moments related by the author and several tangible additions to your practice. Wonderful informative volume for women looking for a place in Buddhism or who feel called to explore Buddhism. Lots of good information for beginners.
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The book itself was in great shape. Pages crisp and not worn. Some minor staining on edges. Have not read/reviewed it thoroughly yet but otherwise happy with the product.
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