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The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Womenby Florence Caplow
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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.
About the Author
Florence 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.
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