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The Hidden Lamp is a collection of 100 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 this audio, 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 listeners today - and concluded by a final meditation for the listener, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.

©2013 Susan Moon and Florence Caplow (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Paul Weston
  • 26-01-2021

Well conceived, well written, and well performed.

This book comes to us through a monumental effort by the two editors, who searched more than two thousand years of Zen literature for the most illuminating examples of women’s power within that male-dominated tradition. One hundred Koans were selected (vaguely similar to the parables of Christian tradition, but the tales end in mysteries whose deeper meanings are best found through focussed meditation). For each of these selections an explanatory reflection by a practicing Zen teacher was elicited.
The book thus combines the knowledge and wisdom of more than a hundred established teachers of Zen, and offers rich food for thought, possibly for years, even for a curious outsider such as myself.
Highly recommended for anyone wishing for insight into Zen thought and practice, and especially the role therein of women throughout the centuries.

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