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In search of Buddha's daughters : a modern journey down ancient roads

Toomey, Christine, author.
Preferred Title
Saffron road
In search of Buddha's daughters : a modern journey down ancient roads / Christine Toomey.
New York : The Experiment, [2016]
370 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Portion of title
Buddha's daughters
"First published in Great Britain as 'The saffron road: a journey with Buddha's daughters' by Portobello Books, an imprint of Granta Publications, 2015."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-370).
  • Preface: Crossroads
  • East. Nepal. Kung fu nuns
  • To Kathmandu
  • Birthplace
  • India. Burning for justice
  • Entering the debate
  • Out of silence
  • Burma. Golden spires
  • Peace and persecution
  • Japan. Mirror Zen
  • Stillness
  • West. North America. Route 101
  • East of the Cascades
  • Britain. Changing gear
  • "We are pioneers!"
  • "Zen is not a spectator sport"
  • France. Quiet revolutions
  • Changing times
  • Beyond bounds. Inside
  • Full circle
  • The desert.
An award-winning journalist vividly reports her two-year, 60,000-mile global odyssey in the company of exceptional women who choose to dedicate their lives to Buddhism. In 2011, Christine Toomey met an unforgettable group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns. After hearing their stories--of prison, extreme hardship, and ultimately fleeing across the Himalayas into exile--she resolved to learn more about the private, courageous women of Buddhism: who they are, their experience of suffering, what motivates them to seek enlightenment, and what stands in their way. Toomey's quest took on even greater urgency with the sudden deaths of her father and then her mother, and her own search for healing wisdom in the aftermath of loss. In Search of Buddha's Daughters introduces us to women from around the world--Nepal, India, Burma, and Japan, as well as the US, the UK, and France--who have come to the ordained life from every faith and career: a former policewoman, a princess, a Bollywood star, and a concert violinist. Toomey meets a Harvard graduate who sometimes breaks into hip-hop moves after meditating, a Japanese nun who has written bestselling erotica, and a Nepalese order of nuns who practice kung fu for spiritual and physical empowerment. Through insightful conversations with over thirty women, Toomey investigates Buddhism as an antidote to the problems of life in the twenty-first century, and considers the status of women today--worldwide, and within one of our oldest wisdom traditions. "In a world numbed by the amount of attention paid to violence, terrorism, and political and religious power struggles," she writes, "I find it profoundly refreshing to come across women whose lives are dedicated to nurturing the opposite."
Subject headings
Toomey, Christine--Travel.
Buddhist nuns--Religious life.
Buddhist nuns--Social conditions.
Buddhist monasticism and religious orders for women.
9781615193264 (cloth)
161519326X (cloth)
9781615193271 (ebook)


Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
BQ6150 .T66 2016
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