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Book Club

March/April Book Selection

First Buddhist Women : Poems and Stories of Awakening

Author:  Susan Murcott


This description on the book cover says: “First Buddhist Womentraces the journey of the wives, mothers, teachers, courtesans, prostitutes, and wanderers who became the first female disciples of the Buddha. The poetry and stories in this book provide historical insight into how Buddhism became one of the first religions to welcome women and offers inspiration for anyone looking for spiritual role models.”


There are few books that shed light on women in early Buddhism. This book by Susan Murcott is by far one of the best written. The author introduces us to the Therigatha Canon which contains the earliest Buddhist literary contributions by women.  The Book Club will meet after the April 21 service.

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