“I look to Venerable Dhammananda and her great community of novices and nuns as a revolutionary force for good for the future of Buddhism in the world. Her story, her life, her courage is an example to all of us of what it means to speak truth to power, to stand in integrity, and to manifest unconditional wisdom and compassion.” - Roshi Joan Halifax
Bhikkhuni Dhammananda defied convention to become the first woman fully ordained in the Thai Theravada Buddhist tradition. Dubbed “Rebel Monk” by the Thai press, she faced enormous opposition by the media, the public, and senior orthodox Thai monks. She has given a fresh existence to the ancient tradition.
American author Cindy Rasicot became her student and disciple in 2005. This compelling book tells the story of Venerable Dhammananda’s remarkable path from TV personality, author, academic, wife and mother to ordained Bhikkhuni. Cindy Rasicot writes beautifully of their relationship, and shares Bhikkhuni Dhammananda’s gentle wisdom and direct insights about how to live a more powerful and compassionate life.
Cindy Rasicot is a retired psychotherapist and author of This Fresh Existence: Heart Teachings from Bhikkhuni Dhammananda. In 2005 she travelled to Thailand with her family where she met Bhikkhuni Dhammananda — an encounter that changed her life forever. In 2020 she wrote the award winning memoir Finding Venerable Mother: A Daughter’s Spiritual Quest to Thailand. Her memoir is a soulful story of spiritual healing through her loving connection with Bhikkhuni Dhammananda. The book was a finalist in the international Book awards, The Sarton Awards, and Chanticleer International Book Awards.
Her other writings include an article in Sawasdee Magazine in 2007 and essays featured in two anthologies: Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light (Wanderland Writers, 2013) and A Café in Space: The Anaïs Nin Literary Journal, Volume 11 (Sky Blue Press, 2014). Her article, “To Walk Proudly as Women,” was featured in Buddhadharma:The Practitioner’s Guide in 2021. She previously hosted the YouTube program Casual Buddhism, https://www.youtube.com/
Sylvia Boorstein is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock meditation Center in Woodacre, California. she is a best selling author of five books about Buddhism and meditation practice. She appears frequently at Book Passage in conversation with other authors in the field of meditation and Buddhism.
Cindy Rasicot - photo courtesy of the publicist. Sylvia Boorstein - photo courtesy of the publicist.
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