Part primer, part personal history, part guide to spiritual practice, this book opens the door to an understanding of Buddhist spirituality, which engages more and more Westerners as the millennium approaches. Through personal anecdotes, lively explanations, and thoughtful discussions, Sandy Boucher presents a female perspective on fundamental Buddhist teachings such as compassion, detachment, and enlightenment.
Includes a directory of women teachers in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
“Here is a trustworthy traveling companion for the countless Western women who desire, and deserve, to venture on the Dharma path.” -Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
“I found Opening the Lotus illuminating in its clarity, depth, and patient guidance and could see it appreciated in numerous settings, from meditation centers to college classrooms.”
-Ellyn Kaschak, professor of psychology, San Jose State University, author of Engendered Lives
“An energetic and useful recasting of Buddhism’s beliefs for contemporary women.”
“Opening the Lotus is a triumph of clarity and feminine wisdom.” -Frederic A. Brussat, Body Mind Spirit