Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Buddhist Geeks - Episode 153: Feminine Zen

A nice change of pace for the Geeks, talking this week about feminine Zen. Is there such a thing, or is Zen simply Zen, no matter the gender?

Buddhist Geeks - Episode 153: Feminine Zen

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Grace Schireson is a Zen master in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and is the abbess of the Empty Nest Zendo in northern California. She joins us today to explore some of the main themes in her recently released book, Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.

Among the topics we discuss are what the traditional stereotypes of females in Zen have been, and the recently discovered literature on women in Zen who did not fit these stereotypes. We then look at the unique way these women practiced Zen and how what they learned can be applicable to us today. We finish the discussion by speaking about feminine spirituality in general, and the prevalence of the "great mother" in all of the world's wisdom traditions.

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