The Moon and Flowers

A Woman’s Path to Enlightenment

by Kalyanavaca (editor)

Some Buddhists live in monasteries and wear robes; but a lot of them don’t. They come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them are women.

This book brings together essays by nineteen women who have been ordained within the Buddhist tradition. They comes from different countries and have very different lifestyles. Some are career women, some are mothers leading a family life, others live and work in country retreat centers. Their firm commitment to Buddhism is perhaps the only thing they all have in common.

Here they demonstrate how they are trying to bring the various aspects and concerns of their daily lives into harmony with their Buddhist ideals and practice. They talk about feminism, motherhood, work, sexuality, friendship, and many other issues. They also introduce the nature of Buddhist practice from a woman’s point of view. They wide variety of personal experience woven together with key principles and practices makes for a vivid and richly textured portrait of what it means to follow the Buddhist path as a woman in the modern world.

“An uplifting, inspiring read.” — Here’s Health

Paperback, 304 pages with photographs
December 1997
List Price: $23.95

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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it… Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.
The Buddha

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