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#2215 - Friday, July 29, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
Amy Schmidt, Foreword by Sharon Salzberg, Afterword by Jack Kornfield
"This book, like Dipa Ma, is simple, straightforward, and powerful." Alice Walker, author, The Color Purple
"An inspiring and beautiful book about one of our most beloved elders, a modern Buddhist saint." Jack Kornfield, author, A Path with Heart
"Reading these reflections of Dipa Ma rouses the faith that being in her presence always did." Sylvia Boorstein, author, It's Easier Than You Think
"This is a real treasure. Dipa Ma comes through as such a gentle, disarming, fierce, sweet presence. She is completely irresistible." Toinette Lippe, author, Nothing Left Over
"This book, like Dipa Ma, is simple, straightforward and powerful." Alice Walker, author, The Color Purple
"Rarely does a story about another person contain so much heart. After reading Dipa Ma, you feel you have actually met herand you will never forget her." Paul Hawken, coauthor, Natural Capitalism
This life story of one of the few women in her generation to devote herself entirely to the pursuit of meditation also includes Dipa Ma's spiritual teachings, which have made her a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. Dipa Ma was the first truly accomplished female meditation master in the Thereavada tradition to teach in the United States and, while she had a deep devotion to the tradition, she also had a fierce understanding that the spiritual accomplishments of women could be in every way equal to those of the predominantly male religious hierarchy. Her influence on the teaching of insight meditation practice in the West is presented here through stories and encounters told by sources such as family members, her students in Calcutta, and several of America's leading Buddhist and meditation teachers.
Amy Schmidt is a resident teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts; a cofounder of Southwest Sangha, a self-retreat center in southern New Mexico; a licensed clinical social worker; and a cartoonist. She lives in Barre, Massachusetts.
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