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What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, meditate in a remote cave by herself for twelve years, and then build a flourishing nunnery in the Himalayas? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of the main international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks one night that she chases these images to Nepal, where she finds the love of her life in an unconventional young Tibetan master?
The women featured in Dakini Power–contemporary teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, both Asians and Westerners, who teach in the West–have been universally recognized as accomplished practitioners and brilliant teachers whose life stories demonstrate their immense determination and bravery.
Featured here are:
• Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche (This Precious Life)
• Dagmola Sakya (Princess in the Land of Snows)
• Jetsun Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry) (Into the Heart of Life)
• Pema Chödrön (Deirdre Blomfield-Brown) (When Things Fall Apart; Start Where You Are)
• Khandro Tsering Chödron (most familiar to readers as the late aunt of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)
• Thubten Chodron (Cherry Greene) (Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind)
• Karma Lekshe Tsomo (Patricia Zenn) (Buddhism Through American Women ’s Eyes)
• Chagdud Khadro (Jane Dedman) (P ’howa Commentary; Life in Relation to Death)
• Sangye Khandro (Nanci Gay Gustafson) (Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga)
• Roshi Joan Halifax (Being with Dying)
• Lama Tsultrim Allione (Joan Rousmanière Ewing) (Women of Wisdom; Feeding Your Demons)
• Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel (The Power of an Open Question)
“The twelve women profiled in Michaela Haas’s book form a circle that radiates in countless ways. Taken as a whole, their lives document both the continuing emergence of Tibetan Buddhism in the West and the concurrent work towards women’s inclusion in arenas of practice and leadership where they have historically been marginalized and excluded. Dakini Power is an inspiring contribution to the ongoing conversation.”–Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“What a moving and powerful book! With passion and verve, these remarkable women bear witness to the fact that the buddhadharma has put down firm roots in the West. Michaela Haas has done a superb job of presenting their struggles and their realization in a way that makes them an inspiration to men and women alike.”–B. Alan Wallace, author of Boundless Heart and Choosing Reality
“Apart from a few rare hagiographies of ancient Tibetan yoginis, there is a dearth of information about accomplished Buddhist women practitioners. Michaela Haas’s Dakini Power addresses this historical oversight by profiling the lives of twelve dynamic contemporary female pioneers–from Tibet and the West–who, in spite of few role models, have overcome challenging gender-based situations, become internationally respected teachers, and set new standards for actualizing compassion in the twenty-first century. Beautifully written, pertinent to the times, Dakini Power is a study in courage and perseverance and a much-needed contribution to modern Buddhist literature.”–Mikel Dunham, author of Buddha’s Warriors and Caught in Nepal
“Despite pronounced male dominance in both Buddhism in general and Tibetan Buddhism, many women find Buddhist teachings liberating and confirming. With Buddhism coming to the West, the situation for women is changing significantly as women become Buddhist teachers and leaders. This book provides vivid portraits of twelve women teachers, some Tibetan and some Western, who are fostering this change. A welcome addition to the literature on women and Buddhism.”–Rita M. Gross, author of Buddhism After Patriarchy and Soaring and Settling