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By Grace Schireson,Miriam Levering

This landmark presentation ultimately makes heard the centuries of Zen's girl voices. via exploring the lessons and heritage of Zen's woman ancestors, from the time of the Buddha to historical and sleek girl masters in China, Korea, and Japan, Grace Schireson deals us a view of a extra balanced Dharma perform, person who is principally appropriate to our advanced lives, embedded as they're in webs of relations kin and obligations, and the demanding situations of affection and work.

Part I of this e-book describes girl practitioners as they're portrayed within the vintage literature of "Patriarchs' Zen"--often as "tea-ladies," bit gamers within the drama of male scholars' enlightenments; as "iron maidens," tough-as-nails ladies constantly jousting with their male opposite numbers; or girls who themselves develop into "macho masters," instructing an identical Patriarchs' Zen because the males do. half II of this publication provides a special view--a view of the way ladies Zen masters entered Zen perform and the way they embodied and taught Zen uniquely as ladies. This part examines many pressing and illuminating questions on our Zen grandmothers: How did it impact them to study via males? What did they consider as they attempting to healthy into this male perform atmosphere, and the way did their Zen education aid them with their emotions? How did their lives and relationships fluctuate from that in their male lecturers? How did they convey the Dharma of their personal manner for different lady scholars? How used to be their instructing always assorted from that of male ancestors? after which half III explores how women's perform offers versatile and pragmatic suggestions to matters bobbing up in modern Western Zen centers.

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