Book Reading: "The Hidden Lamp"
Powell’s on Hawthorne Presents
Florence Caplow (editor), Jan Chozen Bays, Gyokuko Carlson, Sallie Tisdale, and Jacqueline Mandell (contributors)
"The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women"
The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications) is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, wherein we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road. Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher – personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today – and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.
Editor Florence Caplow will be joined in conversation by contributors Jan Chozen Bays, Gyokuko Carlson, Sallie Tisdale, and Jacqueline Mandell. This event is sponsored by the Zen Community of Oregon.
Florence Caplow, Editor