Inside the Fall 2019 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly

The Fall 2019 issue of Buddhadharma is a special women’s issue highlighting and celebrating women’s enormous contribution to the dharma.

By Lion’s Roar

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The Fall 2019 issue of Buddhadharma is a special women’s issue highlighting and celebrating women’s enormous contribution to the dharma. Preview the magazine contents and sample articles below.


So This Is What It Feels Like to Be Free: Poems from the Therigatha

A beautiful new translation of the Therigatha by Matty Weingast brings to life the voices of the earliest Buddhist nuns. Introduction by Meg Gawler.

Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine

It’s time, says Thanissara, for us to rediscover the fearlessness, strength, and connection of the sacred feminine.

Forum: Hear Our Voices

A panel of women teachers from different Buddhist traditions — Myokei Caine-Barrett, Narayan Helen Liebenson, Rebecca Li, and Myoan Grace Schireson — share their experiences and insights into being a female teacher and leader in today’s world. They discuss the challenges women in Buddhism have faced and how they’ve met them, and share their thoughts on what’s needed as we move forward. Introduced and moderated by Pema Khandro Rinpoche.

Becoming a Buddha: Lessons from Little Girls

Through a textual analysis of the Lotus Sutra and its commentaries and The Sutra of the Girl Marvelous Wisdom, Buddhist scholar Stephanie Balkwill examines the historical arguments around the question: Can women attain buddhahood in a female form?

It Takes One to Move One: Teachings of Shundo Aoyama

A selection of teachings by Shundo Aoyama Roshi, the highest-ranked Soto Zen nun in history. Introduction by Tenku Ruff and Yuko Wakayama Yamada.

The Sakyadhita Movement

Judith Hertog profiles the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, which has been leading the way for gender equality in Buddhism for more than thirty years.

Here at the End of the World

In this time of so much loss, says Joan Sutherland, we need to come to terms with grief.



The Path We Walk as Women, by Jan Willis

Ask the Teachers

How can we, as Buddhists, create welcoming spaces for trans and genderqueer community members?  Ray Buckner, Caitriona Reed, and La Sarmiento respond.


Inseperable Across Lifetimes by Holly Gayley; Review by Sara Lewis

Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo; Review by Jue Liang

Book Briefs

Reviews by Daigengna Duoer

Green Buddhism, by Stephanie Kaza

Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy, by Lama Palden Drolma

Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples, by Gesshin Greenwood

Look and See: Buddhist Teaching Stories with Commentaries, by Vernable Myokyo-ni

Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, by The Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron

Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir, by Sharon Suh

Let the Light Shine: Reflections from Therevada Bhikkhunis, compiled by Awaken Publishing


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