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I Give You My Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun

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Ayya Khema (1923-1997) was the first Western woman to become a Theravadan Buddhist nun. As such, she has served as a model and inspiration for women from all the Buddhist traditions who have sought to revive the practice of women's monasticism in modern times. Though her renown as a teacher is widespread, few know the truly amazing details of her life before her monastic ordination at the age of fifty-eight.

And what a life it was. Born Ilse Kussel in Berlin, Germany, she grew up in a prosperous Jewish family that was broken up by Nazi terror in 1938. The story of her escape alone to Scotland, and her journey to rejoin her family in China, would be enough for a thrilling adventure novel in itself—but it is only the beginning of the story. Her later adventures included—but were not limited to—surviving the Japanese invasion of China; living the life of a suburban housewife in Los Angeles, California; journeying up the Amazon; studying in a Bolivian university; building a power plant in Pakistan; and establishing the first organic farm in Australia. Her Buddhist practice was a result of a pursuit of the spiritual life that began in her forties when she encountered spiritual teachers in India. She eventually founded a monastery in Sri Lanka, from where, through her books and her teaching travels, she became one of the most widely respected of contemporary teachers, particularly skilled in interpreting the Buddhist teachings for her fellow Westerners.

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Ayya Khema (1923-1997) was the first Western woman to become a Theravadin Buddhist nun, and she was one of the most widely respected contemporary teachers. Her remarkable autobiography details her adventures on five continents leading up to her monastic ordination at age fifty-eight.

About the Author

Ven. Ayya Khema was born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1923. After leading an active life in the world—including marriage and children in America and adventure in South America, Asia and Australia—she turned seriously to spiritual practice in her forties. In 1979, she was ordained a Theravadin Buddhist nun, receiving the name khema, meaning "safety and security" (ayya means "sister"). Ayya Khema established a forest monastery near Sidney, Australia; a training center for nuns in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Buddha-Haus, a meditation center in the Allgäu, Germany. Among her books are When the Iron Eagle Flies; Being Nobody, Going Nowhere; and Who is My Self?; and an autobiography, I Give You My Life. She passed away in 1997.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570625718
Translator:
Kohn, Sherab Chodzin
Author:
Kohn, Sherab Chodzin
Author:
Khema, Ayya
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Location:
Boston, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Monastic and religious life of women
Subject:
Buddhist nuns
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1509
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.56x5.58x.53 in. .63 lbs.

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