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Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters Paperback – October 27, 2009
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"So here's the thumbnail review: read this book." (Buddhadharma)
"Encouraging, inspiring, and profoundly useful. A kind of Blue Cliff Record for our own time." (Jane Hirshfield)
"An exceptional and powerful classic with great depth, humor, and clarity." (Joan Halifax, abbess of Upaya 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)
"These pages come alive with the power to inspire." (Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center)
"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)
"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)
"Fascinating and delightful. This book will overturn many long-held stereotypes about Zen." (Ruben L.F. Habito, author of Living Zen, Loving God)
"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)
About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to any student of Zen. It's informative and quite well written.
Grace Schireson helps us learn in her fun, factual, forward, fascinating style. Yes, a Great Gift to give to us and a Must Read for women and men who want to continue a path of empowerment
Having said that, the author has no axe to grind, preferring to invite these women to the table of Zen's official history and, whenever possible, let them speak for themselves, rather than simply lament (and lay blame for) their often historical exclusion.
Excellent, incredibly important book.
I began reading this book to gain wisdom that would challenge the often ambiguous teachings of Dogen and other Zen masters, yet what I found was a bitter and disenchanting diatribe espousing the evils of men! This is not a Zen book, but instead a hateful attack on traditional male culture, Buddhist or not.
Mind you, I tried to read this sensationalist drivel with an open mind, even after the first few pages were so negative, but even my female Zen Buddhism instructor admitted that she didn't know why she assigned this book.
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