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First Buddhist Women: Poems and Stories of Awakening

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First Buddhist Women is a readable, contemporary translation of and commentary on the enlightenment verses of the first female disciples of the Buddha. Through the study of the Therigatha, the earliest-known collection of women’s religious poetry, the book explores Buddhism's 2,600-year-long liberal attitude toward women. Utilizing commentary and storytelling, author Susan ...more
ebook, 230 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Parallax Press (first published January 22nd 2006)
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This is a beautiful book about the women of the Therigatha, the first female followers of the Buddha. It tells of their struggles and poems of awakening, as well as how they fit in the society of the time. Some of the stories are absolutely heart-breaking, deep loss and grief and the displacement of women who did not fit in with the patriarchal society of the time. At times I felt myself overcome with their grace and beauty of spirit and the deep love they had for one another.
This is an excellent look at the Therigatha, the stories of the first Buddhist nuns. Murcott gives great backgrounds on both the individual nuns and the context of the times in which they lived. The Therigatha itself is worth a read and the commentary and context provided here help give it more meaning. These were some awesome nuns, especially considering the times they lived in and this book does a good job of really bringing that out.
Jessica Zu
Aug 04, 2011 Jessica Zu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Those are the words of the first Buddha's daughters. Susan's careful arrangements of historical backgrounds, detailed analysis and mindful comments made the words of those Buddha's daughters alive. Reading this book, I went through all their lives one by one and felt joining the stream of love and compassion.

Thank you for such a wonderful work!
Phillip Moffitt
This book is an inspiring collection of poems written by early nuns describing their own search for and experience of realization. They are a delight to read and capture the liberating feeling of the ego letting go of its tyrannical reign. (This is not a book for women only!)
S Katherine
Jan 15, 2008 S Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book last summer at Dog Eared Books in SF. I think I paid like 4 bucks for it and it was the best 4 bucks I spent in 2007, by far.
Linda Walters
I read this while on retreat at Deer Park Monastery.
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