Though women have always played an important role in the dharma, they haven’t always been given the recognition or rights they deserve. Fortunately today we have many examples of contemporary women who’ve paved their own way on the Buddhist path and dedicated their lives to spreading the dharma. Ven Robina Courtin, Pema Chodron, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Kathleen McDonald, Thubten Chodron, Sharon Salzberg, Tsultrim Allione to name but a few.
Join us as we get to know some of them, making use of recorded teachings available online. We plan to examine their contributions to the question of how to live a good life, whatever our gender identification. This is not a space to examine the role of women in Buddhism, but rather to access the riches of some of our most gifted teachers, who happen to be women.
This will be an experimental class, but, at least to begin, we plan to open the class with a guided meditation, then after a short introduction to the teacher, watch a teaching (or excerpt) together, the open up the discussion to the group, before a short closing meditation. Let’s see how it goes!
Week 1: Jestsunma Tenzin Palmo: The Four Noble Truths, part one is here. The other sessions follow on. Look up also the book ‘Cave in the Snow’ for the story of her life, and I can recommend ‘Reflections on a Mountain Lake’, a collection of her teachings