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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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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
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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
"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 has been reviewed on Goodreads.
This was a very interesting look into the history of the influential womem of Buddhism.
I read this book for an enjoyable 4 week class on "Women in Buddhism."
Oregon author and lay Zen teacher
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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