Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

The Hidden Lamp

Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
Foreword by
Zoketsu Norman Fischer

“An amazing collection. This book gives the wonderful feel of the sincerity, the great range, and the nobility of the spiritual work that women are doing and have been doing, unacknowledged, for a very long time. An essential and delightful book.”—John Tarrant, author of Bring Me The Rhinoceros And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life

440 pages, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN 9780861716593


eBook Bundle (PDF, epub, mobi)
ISBN 9781614291336
Tue, 09/17/2013 - 15:21 -- landerson

The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred 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 these pages 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 readers today—and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.

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Meet the editors!

April 4, 9:30 am, Compassionate Ocean, Minneapolis, MN (talk & signing)
April 4, 7 pm, Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, Minneapolis, MN (talk & signing)
April 5, 9 am - 5 pm, Clouds in Water Zen Center, St. Paul, MN (all day workshop)
April 6, 9 am, Clouds in Water Zen Center, St. Paul, MN (meditation & talk)
April 12, 7 pm, Zen Life and Meditation Center, Oak Park, IL (talk & signing)
April 13, 10:15 am, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago, IL (dharma talk)
April 13, 1:30 am, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago, IL (book discussion & signing)
April 19, 10 am - 4:30 pm, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA (all day retreat)
May 3, 10 am, Providence Zen Center, Cumberland, RI (all day retreat)
May 4, 10:30 am, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Providence, RI (sermon)
May 6, 7 pm, Boundless Way Temple, Worchester, MA (reading & signing)
May 8, 7 pm, Cambridge Zen Center, Cambridge, MA (reading & signing)
May 10, 3:30 pm, Village Zendo, New York, NY (reading & signing)
September 1-4, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Carmel Valley, CA (retreat)

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