#304 What You Can Learn from the Buddha’s Wife and Aunt | Pamela Weiss
The women around the Buddha dropped a ton of useful wisdom, but I suspect you haven’t heard much about that. Why? Why have these women been largely written out of history? And what do these hidden figures have to teach us? We’re diving in on that today with Pamela Weiss, dharma teacher in the Zen and Theravada traditions and author of A Bigger Sky. Last week, we had on Bhikkhu Bodhi, who talked about the words of the Buddha. You might think of this episode as a follow-up to that one— part compelling history, part injection of approachable wisdom. In this conversation, we talk about Pamela’s research into the Buddha’s wife, mom, and aunt; how and why Buddhism became tilted toward the masculine; and the benefits both Pamela and I have experienced from bringing more feminine energy to our practice and life.
Where to find Pamela Weiss online:
"A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism.”
- A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism by Pamela Weiss
- Therigatha: Selected Poems of the First Buddhist Women translated by Charles Hallisey
- The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns by Matty Weingast
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