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White Bones Red Rot Black Snakes

Enchanting, pow­er­ful, hor­rific, beau­ti­ful, wise, deadly, com­pas­sion­ate, se­duc­tive. Women in Buddhist story and im­age are all these things and more. She takes the signs of the an­cient god­dess – the lo­tus, the sa­cred grove, the ser­pent, the sac­ri­fice – and uses them in as­ton­ish­ing new ways. Her story is one of suf­fer­ing and great tri­als, and through it all an un­quench­able long­ing to be free. This beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated work is as lay­ered and sub­ver­sive as mythol­ogy it­self. Based di­rectly on au­then­tic Buddhist texts, and in­formed with in­sights from psy­chol­ogy and com­par­a­tive mythol­ogy, it takes a fresh look at how Buddhist women have been de­picted by men and how they have de­picted them­selves.

The Tyranny of Transcendence

This es­say fo­cusses on saṅkhāra, the use of will. In spir­i­tual cir­cles, re­lin­quish­ing will is of­ten touted as the route to en­light­en­ment, whereas in fact it is an es­sen­tial part of healthy hu­man de­vel­op­ment.