Some Books on Women in Buddhism

For translations of verses from The Therigatha, see

Songs of the Sons and Daughters of Buddha, trans, by Andrew Schelling & Anne Waldman (Shambhala 1996)

The First Buddhist Women, trans. by Susan Murcott (Parallax Press, 1991)

Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun by Thubten Chodron (North Atlantic Books, 1999)

Women’s Buddhism Buddhism’s Women: Tradition, Revision, Renewal, E.B. Findly, ed. (Wisdom, 2000)

Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism, by Sandy Boucher (Beacon, 1988/1993)

Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America, by Lenore Friedman (Shambhala, 1987)

Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns by Susan E. Jootla (Buddhist Publication Society, 1988)

Women of Wisdom by Sister Tsultrim Allione (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984)

Cave in the Snow by Sister Tenzin Palmo (autobiographical)

Learning True Love by Sister Chan Khong (autobiographical – senior nun in Thich Nhat Hanh’s sangha)

Opening the Lotus: A Woman’s Guide to Buddhism, by Sandy Boucher  (Beacon Press, 1997)

I Give You My Life:  The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun, by Ayya Khema (Shambhala, 1998)

Knee Deep in Grace: the Extraordinary Life and Teaching of Dipa Ma by Amy Schmidt (2003)