• Filename: being-a-buddhist-nun.
  • ISBN: 9780674038080
  • Release Date: 2009-06-30
  • Number of pages: 355
  • Author: Kim Gutschow
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

They may shave their heads, don simple robes, and renounce materialism and worldly desires. But the women seeking enlightenment in a Buddhist nunnery high in the folds of Himalayan Kashmir invariably find themselves subject to the tyrannies of subsistence, subordination, and sexuality. Ultimately, Buddhist monasticism reflects the very world it is supposed to renounce. Butter and barley prove to be as critical to monastic life as merit and meditation. Kim Gutschow lived for more than three years among these women, collecting their stories, observing their ways, studying their lives. Her book offers the first ethnography of Tibetan Buddhist society from the perspective of its nuns. Gutschow depicts a gender hierarchy where nuns serve and monks direct, where monks bless the fields and kitchens while nuns toil in them. Monasteries may retain historical endowments and significant political and social power, yet global flows of capitalism, tourism, and feminism have begun to erode the balance of power between monks and nuns. Despite the obstacles of being considered impure and inferior, nuns engage in everyday forms of resistance to pursue their ascetic and personal goals. A richly textured picture of the little known culture of a Buddhist nunnery, the book offers moving narratives of nuns struggling with the Buddhist discipline of detachment. Its analysis of the way in which gender and sexuality construct ritual and social power provides valuable insight into the relationship between women and religion in South Asia today.


  • Filename: being-a-buddhist-nun.
  • ISBN: 0674012879
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 333
  • Author: Kim Gutschow
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

This richly textured profile of a little-known culture offers the first ethnography of Tibetan Buddhist society from the perspective of its nuns. Gutschow lived for more than three years among these women, collecting their stories, observing their ways, and studying their lives. The result provides valuable insight into the relationship between women and religion in South Asia today.

Meeting Faith

  • Filename: meeting-faith.
  • ISBN: 0393057844
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Faith Adielé
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

A wry account of the road from Harvard scholarship student to ordination as northern Thailand's first black Buddhist nun. Reluctantly leaving behind Pop Tarts and pop culture to battle flying rats, hissing cobras, forest fires, and decomposing corpses, Faith Adiele shows readers in this personal narrative, with accompanying journal entries, that the path to faith is full of conflicts for even the most devout. Residing in a forest temple, she endured nineteen-hour daily meditations, living on a single daily meal, and days without speaking. Internally Adiele battled against loneliness, fear, hunger, sexual desire, resistance to the Buddhist worldview, and her own rebellious Western ego. Adiele demystifies Eastern philosophy and demonstrates the value of developing any practiceBuddhist or not. This "unlikely, bedraggled nun" moves grudgingly into faith, learning to meditate for seventy-two hours at a stretch. Her witty, defiant twist on the standard coming-of-age tale suggests that we each hold the key to overcoming anger, fear, and addiction; accepting family; redefining success; and re-creating community and quality of life in today's world.

I Give You My Life

  • Filename: i-give-you-my-life.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015046477173
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 220
  • Author: Ayya Khema
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications

The first Western Jewish woman to become a Theravadan Buddhist nun describes her journey from Nazi persecution to her postwar life in China to her founding of a monastery in Sri Lanka, where she earned fame as a spiritual leader. 15,000 first printing.

Renunciation and Empowerment of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar Burma

  • Filename: renunciation-and-empowerment-of-buddhist-nuns-in-myanmar-burma.
  • ISBN: 9789004234406
  • Release Date: 2013-02-01
  • Number of pages: 258
  • Author: Hiroko Kawanami
  • Publisher: BRILL

Myanmar-Burma has one of the largest concentrations of Buddhist nuns and monks in the world today. In Renunciation and Empowerment of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar-Burma, Kawanami traces the nun's scholarly lineage in modern Myanmar history and examines their contemporary religious position in Myanmar's social and political contexts. Although their religious status may appear ambiguous from a textual viewpoint, it is argued that their large presence is a clear indication as to the important functions Buddhist nuns perform in the monastic community. Sagaing Hill where the main research was conducted, occupies an important educational centre for Myanmar nuns in consolidating their scholarly lineage and spreading the network of dhamma teachers. The book examines transactions that take place in their everyday lives and reveals the essence of their religious lives that make Buddhist nuns an essential bridge between sangha and society. Book jacket.

Being Nobody Going Nowhere

  • Filename: being-nobody-going-nowhere.
  • ISBN: 9780861711987
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 179
  • Author: Khema
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere is the winner of the Christmas Humphreys Award for Best Introductory Buddhist Book. In this new edition of her classic best-selling book, Ayya Khema gives clear, practical instruction on meditation and techniques for overcoming counterproductive mental habits and beliefs. Through the simple practices detailed here, one can develop deeper insight, a sense of calm well-being, and a greater capacity to love and feel loved on a daily basis. This incredible book also includes an eloquent, sparklingly lucid outline of the Buddhist path that can be understood and enjoyed by everyone.

A Tale for the Time Being

  • Filename: a-tale-for-the-time-being.
  • ISBN: 9781101606254
  • Release Date: 2013-03-12
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Ruth Ozeki
  • Publisher: Penguin

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Women in Buddhism

  • Filename: women-in-buddhism.
  • ISBN: 0520054288
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Number of pages: 333
  • Author: Diana Y. Paul
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"In seeking to explore the interrelationships between, and mutual influence of, varieties of sexual stereotypes and religious views of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, Women in Buddhism succeeds in drawing our attention to matters of philosophical importance. Paul examines the 'image' of women which arise in a number of Buddhist texts associated with Mahayana and finds that, while ideally the tradition purports to be egalitarian, in actual practice it often betrayed a strong misogynist prejudice. Sanskrit and Chinese texts are organized by theme and type, progressing from those which treat the traditionally orthodox and negative to those which set forth a positive consideration of soteriological paths for women. . . . In Women in Buddhism, Diana Paul may be forcing our consideration of the problem of female enlightenment. Thus the main purport and accomplishment of her scholarship is revolutionary."--Philosophy East and West

Buddhist Nuns

  • Filename: buddhist-nuns.
  • ISBN: 9789552403453
  • Release Date: 2010-12-01
  • Number of pages: 250
  • Author: Mohan Wijeyaratna
  • Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society

The Community of Buddhist Nuns is one of the oldest women’s organizations in human history. In this book Dr. Wijayaratna explains how this community was started by the Buddha in the 5th century BCE, and how it developed gradually. To show the motivation and the way of life of these ordained women, the author uses the oldest texts of the Pali canon. Several chapters of this book discuss the position of Buddhist nuns in the field of the three famous monastic themes: poverty, chastity and obedience. This book describes in detail the structure of the organization of their Community, their day-to-day practices, and the virtues and mental discipline through which they strove to attain the sublime goal, Nibbana.

Dakini Power

  • Filename: dakini-power.
  • ISBN: 9780834828377
  • Release Date: 2013-04-09
  • Number of pages: 344
  • Author: Michaela Haas
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications

What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, meditate in a remote cave by herself for twelve years, and then build a flourishing nunnery in the Himalayas? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of the main international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks one night that she chases these images to Nepal, where she finds the love of her life in an unconventional young Tibetan master? The women featured in Dakini Power—contemporary teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, both Asians and Westerners, who teach in the West—have been universally recognized as accomplished practitioners and brilliant teachers whose life stories demonstrate their immense determination and bravery. Meeting them in this book, readers will be inspired to let go of old fears, explore new paths, and lead the lives they envision. Featured here are: • Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche (This Precious Life) • Dagmola Sakya (Princess in the Land of Snows) • Jetsun 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) • Lama Tsultrim Allione (Joan Rousmanière Ewing) (Women of Wisdom; Feeding Your Demons) • Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel (The Power of an Open Question)

Buddhism in the Light of Christ

  • Filename: buddhism-in-the-light-of-christ.
  • ISBN: 9781630872496
  • Release Date: 2014-04-18
  • Number of pages: 166
  • Author: Esther Baker
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Buddhism's influence is growing in the West, as seen in the widespread use of "Buddhist mindfulness apps" in people's attempts to unwind, or the casual use of words like "nirvana" and "karma" that have crept into the English language. Whether we meet it in the East or West, what is Buddhism? What is at the heart of its teachings? How does Buddhism differ from Christianity, and are they compatible? Through a collection of true short stories and testimonies, Buddhism in the Light of Christ--a sequel and companion to Esther Baker's first book, I Once was a Buddhist Nun--takes an insightful look at some core Buddhist beliefs and practices, and then reflects on them from a Christian viewpoint and biblical understanding. Esther tackles important questions such as: "How does the Buddhist goal nirvana and God differ?" and "Is Buddhism a form of idolatry?" Her responses reveal a penetrating understanding that helps to unravel and demystify the true nature of Buddhism. Buddhism in the Light of Christ also includes helpful suggestions on how to share Jesus with Buddhist friends, as well as important considerations regarding discipleship once a Buddhist has come to know Christ.

Himalayan Hermitess The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun

  • Filename: himalayan-hermitess-the-life-of-a-tibetan-buddhist-nun.
  • ISBN: 0195152980
  • Release Date: 2004-06-10
  • Number of pages: 232
  • Author: Kurtis R. Schaeffer Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies University of Alabama
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Orgyan Chokyi (1675-1729) spent her life in Dolpo, the highest inhabited region of the Nepal Himalayas. Illiterate and expressly forbidden by her master to write her own life story, Orgyan Chokyi received divine inspiration to compose one of the most forthright and engaging spiritual autobiographies of the Tibetan literary tradition. Her life story is the oldest of only four Tibetan autobiographies authored by women. It is also a rare example of writing by a pre-modern Buddhist woman, and thus holds a unique place in Buddhist literature as a whole. Translator Kurtis Schaeffer prefaces the text with an illuminating study of the life and times of Orgyan Chokyi and an extended analysis of the hermitess's view of the relation between gender, suffering, and liberation. Based almost entirely on primary Tibetan documents never before translated, this fascinating book will be of interest to those studying Buddhism, gender and religion, and the culture of the Tibetan world.

Everyday Enlightenment

  • Filename: everyday-enlightenment.
  • ISBN: 9780241960097
  • Release Date: 2012-01-19
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

Find inner peace with Everyday Enlightenment by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa This book is an inspirational guide to finding happiness by taking in the beauty right in front of you. Leading Himalayan Buddhist His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa walks with you along your path and teaches you that: - there is peace in recognizing that we are all connected - positive influences are closer than you think - in order to inspire others, you need to find inspiration in your life - what we think, we become Everyday Enlightenment brings ancient wisdom into the modern world. Teaching through stories and example, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa shows you how to let go of your ego and stress, turn anger into compassion, and transform your fears into courage. Cameron Diaz listed Everyday Enlightenment as one of her top 2012 reads: 'We live in such a fast paced world it's easy not to take time to tend to your inner self, but it is necessary to take a moment and be still in mind and body, to be more conscious of the way that we are engaging with the world around us. Using teachings from the Buddhist philosophy, Everyday Enlightenment gives you practical tools to deal with the everyday challenges of being human in our modern society.' The spiritual head of the Drukpa school of Buddhism, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa has taught millions of students worldwide. He is also an active humanitarian, working on projects with celebrities such as Richard Gere and Joanna Lumley. Michelle Yeoh is a global ambassador for his Live to Love initiative, whose core causes include the protection of the environment and spread of education.

Lives of the Nuns

  • Filename: lives-of-the-nuns.
  • ISBN: 0824815416
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 188
  • Author: Baochang
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

"A millennium and a half ago some remarkable women cast aside the concerns of the world to devote their lives to Buddhism. Lives of the Nuns, a translation of the Pi-ch'iu-ni chuan, was compiled by Shih Pao-ch'ang in or about A.D. 516 and covers exactly that period when Buddhist monasticism for women was first being established in China. Originally written to demonstrate the efficacy of Buddhist scripture in the lives of female monastics, the sixty-five biographies are now regarded as the best source of information about women's participation in Buddhist monastic practice in premodern China." "Among the stories of the Buddhist life well lived are entertaining tales that reveal the wit and intelligence of these women in the face of unsavory officials, highway robbers, even fawning barbarians. When Ching-ch'eng and a fellow nun, renowned for their piety and strict asceticism, are taken to "the capital of the northern barbarians" and plied with delicacies, the women "besmirch their own reputation" by gobbling down the food shamelessly. Appalled by their lack of manners, the disillusioned barbarians release the nuns, who return happily to their convent." "Lives of the Nuns gives readers a glimpse into a world long vanished yet peopled with women and men who express the same aspirations and longing for spiritual enlightenment found at all times and in all places." "Buddhologists, sinologists, historians, and those interested in religious studies and women's studies will welcome this volume, which includes annotations for readers new to the field of Chinese Buddhist history as well as for the specialist."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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