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Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women
McGinnity, Tanya
Sumeru Press Inc / Softcover / 2015-11-01 / 1896559301
Buddhism / Women's Issues
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218 pages
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Lotus Petals in the Snow is the result of outreach extended across Canada with the goal of bringing together the work of scholars and stories from practitioners, scholar-practitioners, Dharma students, teachers, nuns and laywomen. With pieces covering a vast landscape of experiences, this book is one of the few to focus entirely on the voices of Canadian Buddhist Women.

The book, edited by Tanya McGinnity (, organized alphabetically, offers up stories of motherhood, grief, travel, art, the universal nature of suffering and several works dedicated to notable teachers and organizations who have left a profound impact upon the participants’ lives. Each story is authentic and demonstrates the uniquely feminine voices of girls, mothers, goddesses, crones, dakinis, nuns, bhikkhunis and all of the various emanations of the female form (both in the absolute and relative sense of the word). These may all just be convenient labels though, as a good story is a good story regardless of gender but reclaiming our voices as women who have been rendered silent in many domains – including Buddhism, does deliver collective power.
Here’s the line-up…
Karma: A Method of Evolution and Escape • Aryadrishti
Buddhism as a System of Education: Reflections on Life and Self • Heesoon Bai
The Things We Leave Behind • Nicole Belanger
Who is a Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolator? Freedom Fighter, Martyr, Terrorist or Bodhisattva? • Citizen Shambhala
Sakyadhita Canada: Branching Out • Mavis Fenn
Authentic Self • Tracy Franz
Dharma Decisions: I Don’t Know Until I Know, and Then I Know • Ainslie Greig
Finding the Kingdom of Happiness • Dianne Harke
Why Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Chose Buddhism • Usha Heer
My Path of Vajrayana Practice • Jackie Ho
Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; Applications to Western Buddhism • Patricia Ivan
Heart of Light: Anagarika Dhammadinna • Jayanta
Women at the Forefront: Pioneering and the Dhamma of Perseverance • Jayanta
Why I Never Felt Beautiful and Now I Do • Natalie Karneef
Rediscovering the Gift of the Universal Feminine Through Faith, Scripture and Myth • Cecilie Kwiat
Art Is Not for Control Freaks • Carole Leslie
Buddhism, Maternity and the Body • Erin McCarthy
Stumbling Into Fields of Joy: A Biography of Cecilie Kwiat • Julia Milton
I Talk to People Everywhere: An Interview with Cecilie Kwiat • Julia Milton
Why Do I Feel an Irresistible Urge to Dance? • Kuya Minogue
Summer at the Kootenay Hermitage • Kuya Minogue
Mother-Daughter: Mastering the Art of Losing Each Other • Lynette Genju Monteiro
Convergence • Julie Price
Giving and Receiving: Why Dharma Teachers Don’t Charge Fees • Bonni Ross
Dissolving the Pain Body; Abiding in the Body of Wisdom • Daryl Lynn Ross
Discovering the Three Jewels in Rural Alberta • Bonnie Ryan Fisher
Finding My Way on the Eightfold Path • Laura Sugimoto
My Rebirth as a Bhikkhuni • Thich Nu Tinh Quang
The Front Runner • Thuc Cong
The Despondency (Qi Xia Temple): Nanjing and a Visit to the 1000 Smashed Buddha Caves • Sarah E. Truman
Weeds in the Stream • Vimalasara

This is a gift economy book, which means that 100% of net proceeds from online sales will be donated to the Buddhist Compassion Tzu Chi Foundation for charitable work. Proceeds from direct sales will support local Buddhist initiatives across Canada. Everyone involved in the project is donating their energy, work and and time.

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