Women in Asian Religions
Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion
Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion
Paperback      ISBN: 0807013412
In this lovely illustrated volume, the author recounts stories of the goddes Kwan Yin, a bodhisattva (one who delays her own full enlightenment to work for the liberation of all beings), and explains Kwan Yin's role in Buddhism. At the same time, Boucher provides meditations, chants, and prayers devised by the Buddhist devotees of Asian and Western heritage so that all readers can participate in and even create their own rituals.
Dignity & Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns
Dignity & Discipline
Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns
Paperback      ISBN: 0861715888
Assesses the evolving role of women in Buddhism and the parallel contributions of Tibetan medicine in history and the modern world, in a collection of essays that explores the ways in which progressive Buddhist women groups are participating in global movements that may promote an acceptance of full ordination status. Original.
Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment
Being Bodies
Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment
Paperback      ISBN: 1570623244
The relationship between body and mind has always been a topic of speculation and spirited discussion. The authors of the pieces contained in this anthology address the problem from the unique dual perspective of being women and being students of Buddhism.
Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism
Buddhism After Patriarchy
A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism
Paperback      ISBN: 0791414043
Cave in the Snow: A Western Woman's Quest for Enlightenment
Cave in the Snow
A Western Woman's Quest for Enlightenment
Paperback      ISBN: 1582340455
This is the incredible story of Tenzin Palmo, a remarkable woman who spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas. At the age of 20, Diane Perry, looking to fill a void in her life, entered a monastery in India--the only woman amongst hundreds of monks---and began her battle against the prejudice that had excluded women from enlightenment for thousands of years. Thirteen years later, Diane Perry a.k.a. Tenzin Palmo secluded herself in a remote cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, where she stayed for twelve years. In her mountain retreat, she face unimaginable cold, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three feet square. She never lay down. Tenzin emerged from the cave with a determination to build a convent in northern India to revive the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten female spiritual elite. She has traveled around the world to find support for her cause, meeting with spiritual leaders from the Pope to Desmond Tutu. She agreed to tell her story only to Vicky Mackenzie and a portion of the royalties from this book will help towards the completion of her convent. This is the incredible story of Tenzin Palmo, a remarkable woman who spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas. At the age of 20, Diane Perry, looking to fill a void in her life, entered a monastery in India--the only woman amongst hundreds of monks---and began her battle against the prejudice that had excluded women from enlightenment for thousands of years. Thirteen years later, Diane Perry a.k.a. Tenzin Palmo secluded herself in a remote cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, where she stayed for twelve years. In her mountain retreat, she face unimaginable cold, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three feet square. She never lay down. Tenzin emerged from the cave with a determination to build a convent in northern India to revive the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten female spiritual elite. She has traveled around the world to find support for her cause, meeting with spiritual leaders from the Pope to Desmond Tutu. She agreed to tell her story only to Vicky Mackenzie and a portion of the royalties from this book will help towards the completion of her convent.
The Confucian Four Books for Women: A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang Xiang
The Confucian Four Books for Women
A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang Xiang
Paperback      ISBN: 019046089x

Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West
Dakini Power
Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West
Paperback      ISBN: 1559394072
Many of us dream of exchanging our day-to-day responsibilities for a heartfelt life full of purpose, but few of us ever get around to doing something about it. The women featured in Dakini Power—contemporary teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, both Westerners and Asians, who teach in the West—are the exception. All twelve women (including Khandro Rinpoche, Pema Chödrön, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Tenzin Palmo) followed their intuition against all odds, made dramatic and unusual decisions, and sometimes had to fight for their survival in order to lead the lives they envisioned. All were criticized—for being too conservative or too rebellious, too feminist or not feminist enough—yet they pulled through with immense determination and bravery. Today all are recognized as accomplished practitioners and brilliant teachers. What can we learn from these women? How do they handle the cultural differences? How do they deal with the more controversial aspects of Buddhism? The Westerners among them risked alienating their families and closest friends by immersing their lives in a completely foreign culture. Often, this necessitated radical life changes. What did they find on their journey? Was the price they paid worth it to them? Dakini Power honors the lives and accomplishments of these female pioneers of Buddhism in the West, not least because they seem to have bridged gaps that many of us struggle with. Meeting them in this book, the reader will be inspired in the same way: to let go of old fears, explore new paths, and listen to one's inner voice with confidence. Featured here are: • Khandro Rinpoche (This Precious Life) • Dagmola Sakya (Princess in the Land of Snows) • Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry) (Into the Heart of Life) • Pema Chödrön (Deirdre Blomfield-Brown) (When Things Fall Apart; Start Where You Are) • Khandro Tsering Chödron (most familiar to readers as the late aunt of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying) • Thubten Chodron (Cherry Greene) (Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind) • Karma Lekshe Tsomo (Patricia Zenn) (Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes) • Chagdud Khadro (Jane Dedman) (P'howa Commentary; Life in Relation to Death) • Sangye Khandro (Nanci Gay Gustafson) (Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga) • Roshi Joan Halifax (Being with Dying) • Tsultrim Allione (Joan Rousmanière Ewing) (Women of Wisdom; Feeding Your Demons) • Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel (The Power of an Open Question)
Donors, Devotees, and the Daughters of God: Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu
Donors, Devotees, and the Daughters of God
Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195099621
Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women
Gender and Salvation
Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0520302966
Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women
Immortal Sisters
Secret Teachings of Taoist Women
Paperback      ISBN: 1556432224
Immortal Sisters presents life stories and teachings of distinguished female Taoist adepts who lived from the third to twelfth centuries. Among them is the poet and mystic Sun Bu-er, who passed into folklore as one of the famous Seven Immortals and appears as a character in countless popular novels of China. These accomplished women, renowned in their own day and in history, represent a uniquely female heritage of spiritual mastery. Through poems, stories, teachings, and commentaries, Immortal Sisters sheds light on the spiritual methods taught and practiced by these women and illustrates the importance of the feminine in Taoism.