This Saturday January 9th Grace Schireson will be giving a lecture and signing her fascinating and important new book Zen Women at the Berkeley Zen Center.
The lecture starts at 10 a.m. followed by the signing at 11 a.m. and a Female Ancestors Workshop from 1p.m.-3p.m.
Zen Women is a landmark presentation at last makes heard the centuries of voices of Zen’s women. Through exploring the teachings and history of Zen’s female ancestors, from the time of the Buddha to ancient and modern female masters in China, Korea, and Japan, Grace Schireson offers us a view of a more balanced Dharma practice. The lessons of Zen’s women are especially applicable to our complex lives, embedded as they are in webs of family relations and responsibilities, and
the challenges of love and work. Zen Women lets us all benefit from the wisdom of our Dharma grandmothers.
Grace Schireson is a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun mel Weitsman Roshi, 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. She has been married for forty-one years and has two grown sons and three grandchildren.