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A Bibliography in Buddhism for Feminists

This is my sangha, the community of spiritual seekers with whom I take refuge. They are my spiritual friends; their wisdom supports me in my practice. Some of them explicitly address feminist issues. Others simply describe the dharma in ways that support my addressing feminist issues in my sadhana.

In 1996 when I started this bibliography, I had read everything that I could find in this field. Now, in 2000, it's getting away from me. Feminism is contributing significantly to the development of American Buddhism (and in some ways strongly influencing Buddhism in the rest of the world, too). New work is being published rapidly. But I keep trying to read it all, and mention it here.

(Of course I woudn't mind help, if anyone would like to contribute comments on books they have read, which aren't here.)

Here is a list of works I have annotated. For my comments, click on the author link.

Allione, Tsultrim
Women of Wisdom
London, Penguin, 1986.
"Relationships & Intimacy as a Path"
Keynote address of the Buddhism in America Conference, Boston, January 1997.
"Feeding the Demons: Relaxing Dualism"
Audiotape #NMT-276 from New Medicine Tapes.
Badiner, Allan Hunt
Dharma Gaia; A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology
Berkeley, Parallax Press, 1990.
Beck, Charlotte Joko
Everyday Zen; Love & Work
Edited by Steve Smith. New York: HarperCollins, 1989.
Nothing Special
Edited by Steve Smith. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.
"The Pools"
Reprinted from the February and March 1989 issues of the Newsletter of the Zen Center of San Diego, San Diego CA.
Bielefeldt, Carl, et al
"Tensions in American Buddhism," cover story in the July 6, 2002, edition of Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. (PBS/WNET New York)
Boucher, Sandy
Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism
Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.
Opening the Lotus: A Woman's Guide to Buddhism
Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.
Discovering Kwan Yin: Buddhist Goddess of Compassion
Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.
Chödrön, Pema
The Wisdom of No Escape
Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1991.
Start From Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1994.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997.
Chödrön, Thubten, ed.
Blossoms of the Dharma
Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 1999.
Corless, Roger J.
The Vision of Buddhism
St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 1989.
Dresser, Marianne
Buddhist Women on the Edge; Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier
Berkeley, North Atlantic Books, 1996
Flinders, Carol Lee
At the Root of this Longing; Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst
San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1999
Friedman, Lenore & Moon, Susan
Being Bodies; Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment
Boston, Shambhala Publications, 1997.
Goldberg, Natalie
Long Quiet Highway; Waking Up in America
New York: Bantam Books, 1993.
Gross, Rita
Buddhism After Patriarchy
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.
Soaring and Settling: Buddhist Perspectives on Contemporary Social and Religious Issues
New York: Continuum, 2000.
Gunaratana, Henepola (Venerable)
Mindfulness in Plain English
Boston, Wisdom Publications, 1992
Klein, Anne Carolyn
Meeting the Great Bliss Queen; Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self
Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.
Larkin, Geri
Stumbling Toward Enlightenment
Berkeley, Celestial Arts, 1997.
Mackenzie, Vicki
Cave in the Snow
Bloomsbury Publishing, NY, 1998.
Macy, Joanna
World as Lover, World as Self
Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1991.
McLeod, Melvin (editor)
"Women's Liberation" - a discussion between Sharon Salzberg, Barbara Rhodes, Judith Simmer-Brown & Pat O'Hara, on what it means to be a woman dharma teacher and how they'd like to see Buddhism in America evolve.
Shambhala Sun, July 2000
Prebish, Charles S.
Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America
Berkeley, University of California Press: 1999.
Prebish, Charles S. & Tanaka, Kenneth K.
The Faces of Buddhism in America
Berkeley, University of California Press: 1998.
Salzberg, Sharon
Lovingkindness; The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
Boston, Shambhala, 1997.
Seager, Richard Hughes
Buddhism in America
New York, Columbia University Press: 1999.
Shaw, Miranda
Passionate Enlightenment; Women in Tantric Buddhism
Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1994.
"Blessed are the birth-givers; Buddhist views on birth and rebirth"
Parabola, Vol.23 No.4 (Nov 1998), pp.48-53. (Copyright 1998 Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition)
"Everything You Wanted to Know about Tantra but were Afraid to Ask"
An interview with Miranda Shaw by Craig Hamilton in What is Enlightenment, issue 13.
"Passionate Enlightenment"
An interview with Miranda Shaw by Tashi Grady Powers, from the Fall, 1995 issue of Enlightening Times.
Sidor, Ellen S., ed.
A Gathering of Spirit: Women Teaching in American Buddhism
Cumberland, RI: Primary Point Press, 1987.
Tarrant, John
The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, and the Spiritual Life
New York, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1998.
Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, ed.
Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha
Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Press, 1988.
Buddhism through American Women's Eyes
Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Press, 1995.
Buddhist Women across Cultures: Realizations
Albany: SUNY Press, 1999.
Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming against the Stream
Surry, England: Curzon Press, 2000.
Unno, Taitetsu
River of Fire, River of Water; An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddhism

Inquiring Mind - a semianuual journal of the vipassana community
Shambhala Sun - "the magazine about waking up" (especially the July 2000 issue on Buddhism & Feminism)
Tricycle; The Buddhist Review
Turning Wheel, the Journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Buddhist Books for Children

Is this your sangha too? Does this thinking move you, feed your hunger, shelter you from destructive environments? Do you have other sources to recommend? Please mention them...and say why.


Not Buddhist but Useful

13 March 2004