cover The Hidden LampThe Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Susan Moon.

“The 100 core stories of Buddhist women from India to America are stirring, and keep echoing. But what is most revelatory, a cause for celebration, is the depth and sheer vitality of the commentaries by all the wonderful modern women teachers and practitioners herein. This book clearly exposes how the Dharma is now blessed to be in a golden age of brilliant women guides, some teaching openly, some quietly shining in sanghas near you.” –Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Zen Questions and Faces of Compassion.

“How beautiful and strong, the voices of these wise women, made intimate and modern in this ancient Buddhist form.” –Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

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This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
(Shambhala, 2010)

“Susan Moon’s stories are wonderful companions and guides as I go about my ordinary life.” —Maxine Hong Kingston

“Aging is the biggest issue facing me and everyone I know. This book is poignant, funny, and spot-on, and I am tremendously grateful to Susan Moon for writing it. I love this book!”—Sylvia Boorstein

“Susan Moon is one of Buddhism’s funniest writers. In this new book, Bodhipaksa finds, she’s also one of Buddhism’s most honest, moving, and beautiful writers.”Click here for a review of This Is Getting Old by Bodhipaksa

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Review from the publisher: In this warm and funny collection of essays on the sometimes confusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious condition of being a woman over sixty, Susan Moon keeps her sense of humor and she keeps her reader fully engaged. 

The wry and insightful pieces include a letter of gratitude to her bones for serving her as well as they do; confessions of her fear of going blind; celebratory advice on regarding “senior moments” as opportunities to be in the here and now; and inspiration for considering everyone as one’s grandchildren.

Ordering: Click here to order from Shambhala Publications

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“I want to tell you about coming apart, wanting to die, and returning at last to myself, and about how my Buddhist practice both helped and hindered me in this zigzag journey…”

The Stain on the Sky

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What If I Never Have Sex Again?

“House of Commons”
an essay about sharing my house with others for over 30 years

“Tea with God”
relates an unexpected contact with God, whether I believe in him or not


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