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A New Zen for Women

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Perle Besserman's adventures in a Japanese Zen monastery provide the groundwork for this lively, heartwarming narrative of a woman's life in Zen.Engaging in cross-cultural dialogues with nuns and laywomen in India, China, Japan, and more, Besserman dispels the notion that women had nothing to do with the founding and sustaining ofZen.She showshow women continue to transfor...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Frank Jude
May 27, 2009 Frank Jude rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Men, and women, interested in Zen and perhaps repelled by its coldness.
Besserman's observations of 'samaurai zen' are spot on, and the damage done to women (and men) by such an attitude and practice cannot be denied. What's thin in this book is specifics regarding alternatives. Also, Besserman's own ambivalence weakens some points, but is in a way a kind of evidence of just what she is critiqueing about women taking the position of authority.

Ultimately, what is needed is 'a new zen,' period! And thankfully, there are more and more of us -- women and men -- who both...more
Mar 01, 2009 Mo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: buddhism
I really enjoyed her story---informative and personal and pretty funny in parts. I learned a lot about the history of Zen without ever feeling like I was getting a history lesson. And of course, I ate up all of the buddhism/gender stuff with a spoon.
A very gendered look at modern zen buddhist practice. If you're female and are interested in adopting zen buddhism - this is a great read. If you're not female or not interested in practicing, it's still interesting.
only skimmed second half
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