Grace Schireson is a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, chief abbot of Tofukuji Monastery in Kyoto Japan. Grace is the head teacher of the Central Valley Zen Foundation and has founded and leads three Zen groups and a Zen retreat center, in California. Grace is also a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in women and families. Married for over forty years, she has two sons and three grandchildren.
Zen Women opens, onto millennia and across continents,
women's places in Zen. The word beyond in the subtitle charges us
to pass by the common yet limiting images of our possibilities as
Buddhist women and move toward those that make us proud and ready
to build an American Zen. Schireson is making a new record for the
future. She seeks to resolve contradictions and missing stories in
the record not by claiming victimization of women and calling for
restitution but by revising the record and reinterpreting the Zen
lineage for our own time. The stories function as case studies of
women's social engagement and encouragement for women's leadership
in the sangha and in society.--Ruben L.F. Habito, author of Living
Zen, Loving God "Inquiring Mind"
This book changes everything! Zen Women is about all of us. It resets the common understanding of Zen history with eye-opening stories. A must-read.--Pat Enkyo O'Hara, abbess of the Village Zendo "Buddhadharma"