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Women of the Way: Discovering 2500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom

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In this groundbreaking work, Sallie Tisdale traces women Buddhist masters and teachers across continents and centuries, drawing upon historical, cultural, and Buddhist records to bring to life these narratives of ancestral Buddhist women.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by HarperOne (first published 2006)
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Carolyn
Apr 04, 2009 Carolyn rated it it was ok
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First, let me say I loved Sallie Tisdale's 'Talk Dirty to Me'. It was funny and strange and thought-provoking. So when I started seriously researching Buddhism and Taoism, and I saw she had one that specifically explored gender and faith, I snapped it right up. Unfortunately, its not what I wanted. The vast bulk of it is a collection of Buddhist teaching stories with female protagonists, reinterpreted for a modern audience, but it comes off as a kind of squirrely historical fiction anthology. Th ...more
Polly Trout
Jan 13, 2013 Polly Trout rated it liked it
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One of my favorite stories in it is Ohashi, a Japanese woman who lived in the 1700's. She was a prostitute and a student of Hakuin. I also especially liked the story of the Kongshi Daoren, the bathhouse attendent, and Yu Daopo, the donut shop baker.
Ron Krumpos
Jul 16, 2014 Ron Krumpos rated it liked it
"Women of the Way" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Jane
Apr 18, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of stories about women and Zen Buddhist teaching. Some thought provoking tales,
Mariana
Mar 27, 2010 Mariana rated it liked it
I read this book for an enjoyable 4 week class on "Women in Buddhism."
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Oregon author and lay Zen teacher
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May 28, 2010 Rich rated it it was amazing
Discusses in depth the histories of female teachers, students and characters of Buddhism and Zen. (And she's a friend and Dharma sister of mine)
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This was a very interesting look into the history of the influential womem of Buddhism.
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“Then she took up her practice, not to prove her worth or to be seen, not in dignity or fear, but as though she were giving her whole life away as a gift to the world with every step.” 0 likes
“Even buddhas are subject to the conditions in which they appear, and enlightenment is not a fixed state that we can hold on to. It must be renewed, rediscovered, as we ourselves are renewed and rediscovered.” 0 likes
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