As you know, the teachings and histories of Zen's female ancestors, from the time of the Buddha, and in China, Korea, and Japan, have mostly been lost.
For this reason, I'm delighted to announce the publication of a new book that makes heard the voices of women who have shared the responsibility of transmitting Zen. This book becomes available today from Amazon and other resellers. You can order it here.
Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters
by Grace Schireson
While there have been a few other books on this topic, and while you can read the stories of these women on the Zen Women blog, this book is the first to examine the human beings behind mythology and stereotype. In so doing, Grace Schireson offers a view of a more balanced view of our shared tradition.
Grace Schireson is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, abbot of Tofukuji in Kyoto.
I've ordered my copy and look forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks.