Zen Women: beyond tea-ladies, iron maidens, and macho-masters
This book celebrates the traditional stories of Buddhist heroines while at the same time giving new identity and pride to modern readers male and female alike.
For centuries in Asia Buddhist women have been expressing their practice in a way that we in the West are just beginning to understand and come to terms with. Throughout Buddhist history women have had limited access to teachings and group ordination. They often had to practice within the confines of the seemingly mundane aspects of daily life in society. These women provide modern Western practitioners with fitting examples of spiritual perseverance in the face of ordinary struggles.
The non-duality so often stressed in Zen can empower us to transcend gender stereotypes and embrace our ability to live in genuine equality. The teachings of the Buddha have made their way around the globe and are constantly adapting in order to best benefit those who put them into practice, no matter where, no matter when, and no matter what gender.