The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

Category: Book
Edited By: Caplow, Zenshin Florence
Foreword By: Fischer, Zoketsu Norman
Edited By: Moon, Reigetsu Susan
  RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Zen (see also PHILOSOPHY / Zen)
  RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: November 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 8.69in x 6.51in x 1.04in
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From The Publisher*Filled penetrating insight and occasionally ribald humor, The Hidden Lamp is groundbreaking collection of one hundred stories that uncover centuries of wise and insightful Buddhist women-a lineage, spanning traditions, that has remained hidden for too long-paired with an illuminating reflection by a modern woman teacher. The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road. Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher-personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today-and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.
Review Quote*"An amazing collection. This book gives the wonderful feel of the sincerity, the great range, and the nobility of the spiritual work that women are doing and have been doing, unacknowledged, for a very long time. An essential and delightful book." -John Tarrant, author of Bring Me The Rhinoceros And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life "Record of the Hidden Lamp is a gift to all Dharma students, men and women. In this magnificent and fresh compilation, we learn about the feminine and its central place in Buddhist teachings and practice." -Pilar Jennings, author of Mixing Minds "A treasure. Earthy, challenging, often irreverent, always inspiring the reader to dig deep for the truth that leads to awakening. Not only for women, this collection presents the rich feminine perspective for all sincere dharma practitioners." -James Baraz, cofounding teacher Spirit Rock Meditation Center, author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Real Happiness "How beautiful and strong, the voices of these wise women, made intimate and modern in this ancient Zen form." -Jack Kornfield "This is an invaluable resource for practitioners and seekers everywhere. These are treasures unearthed." -Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness "You will return to this collection again and again for a dose of its abundant insight, encouragement, steadfastness, warmth, and wit." -Colleen Morton Busch, author of Fire Monks "Teachings leap off these pages - a wake-up call for the 21st century." -China Galland, author of Love Cemetery
Biographical NoteFlorence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest, field biologist, and writer. She has been practicing Vipassana and Zen for more than twenty-five years. She is an itinerant monk who can generally be found somewhere west of the Rocky Mountains, driving a biodiesel car called the Metta Jetta. She recently co-edited an anthology of nature writing, Wildbranch, and her essay blog is Slipping Glimpser: Zen Wanderings and Wonderings. She lives in Olympia, WA. Reigetsu Susan Moon has been practicing in the Soto Zen tradition for 35 years, and is a lay teacher with the Everyday Zen Sangha. Her previous books include the cult classic The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging. For many years she edited Turning Wheel, the journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. She teaches writing workshops, is a serious student of photography, and an enthusiastic grandmother. She lives in Berkeley, CA. Zoketsu Norman Fischer is the author of Taking Our Places, Training in Compassion, and Opening to You, among others. He lives in Muir Beach, CA.