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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S. (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861711475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861711475
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"She was a woman of great heart and vision, and unshakable courage. She was one of the Buddha's lions. May her roar echo in these pages and out across the world to generations of followers-of-the-way to come."--Sandy Boucher, from her Foreword

About the Author

Born in Berlin in 1923 to Jewish parents, Ayya Khema was educated in Scotland and China and later emigrated to the United States. The author of twenty-five books, she was ordained as a nun in Sri Lanka in 1979 and established several Buddhist centers, including Wat Buddha Dhamma in Australia, Parapuddua Nun's Island in Sri Lanka, and Buddha Haus in Germany. In 1987 she coordinated the first-ever International Conference of Buddhist Nuns. She passed away in 1997.
Sandy Boucher is the author of six books, including Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism. She has traveled extensively in Asia, and lived for a short time as a nun on the Nuns Island in Sri Lanka founded and directed by Ayya Khema. Boucher is active in both feminism and Buddhism, and has worked with cancer patients since her 1995/96 bout with cancer. She lives in Oakland, California.


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As always Ayya Khema's book is wonderful and easy reading. I always find her warmth comes through and I never fail to learn from her. It's a great book!
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good product , arrived promptly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend enough 13 Nov. 2014
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Ayya Khema is the best writer on Buddhism I know. She has a unique ability to explain the sometimes esoteric meanings in Buddhist teachings in a way you can understand. Her books, including this one, are some of the few I find myself going back to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RECOMMENDED 10 Jan. 2014
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Unfortunately Theravada Nuns are frequently considered inferior to Monks. Any Ayya Khema book will dispel that prejudice. She was a strong woman who "Walked the Walk". Her works are in the same league as Bhikkhu Bodhi, Walpola Rahula, & Bhante Gunaratana, 3 Monks who I ,greatly, admire. I recommend her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a refuge unto oneself 13 April 2014
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The author's theme of becoming independent in one's practice and looking inward for spiritual guidance, i.e. taking refuge inwardly, rather than searching elsewhere. She has some good practical examples and suggestions.
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Good Read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Jun. 2016
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Wonderful book !!!
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