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A New Zen for Women

Perle Besserman

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Perle Besserman's adventures in a Japanese Zen monastery provide the groundwork for this lively, heartwarming narrative of a woman's life in Zen. Engaging in cross-cultural dialogues with nuns and laywomen in India, China, Japan, and more, Besserman dispels the notion that women had nothing to do with the founding and sustaining of Zen. She shows how women continue to transform traditional Zen in new and creative ways, integrating the practice of meditation into their lives. Both informative and entertaining, A New Zen for Women offers a new look at Western women encountering Zen.

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"Candid, courageous, and eloquent…Weaving together personal narrative, theory, history, and Zen practice, Besserman crafts a refreshingly new and riveting approach that is challenging, critical, and truly inspiring."--Elizabeth A. Kelly, DePaul University

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Perle Besserman

  • Perle Besserman is the author of several classics on meditation, the Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, and women and spirituality, including Grassroots Zen. She is a contributor to 13th Moon, Lilith, and East West, and is the recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award. She is co-leader of the Princeton Area Zen Group, and is Emerita Professor at Illinois State University.
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A New Zen for Women

Perle Besserman

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