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Courage and Intimacy: The Wisdom of Our Great-Grandmothers

By Frank Simons

Susan Moon, a Buddhist writer from California, will lead a retreat at the Meditation Center of San Miguel, Callejon Blanco 4, on Saturday morning, October 3, 9am-1pm. This half-day retreat is based on the stories in the ground-breaking new book, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by Susan Moon and Florence Caplow. The book draws aside the curtain on remarkable and largely unknown teachings of wise Buddhist women of the past.

“Courage and Intimacy”
By Susan Moon
Sat, Oct 3, 9am-1pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted

In the foreword of the book, Zoketsu Norman Fischer writes: “… it offers for the first time spiritual stories of women, collected and commented on by women; it completes something that has been incomplete for some time, and in so doing it offers a style of spiritual teaching particularly necessary for our trying times. This collection by and about women is not just for women. It’s for everyone. This collection is for everyone who is looking to complete the broken circle that exists in all our great religions—and in our hearts and world.”

This will be Moon’s first visit to San Miguel, and she is looking forward to joining the wisdom of ancient China and Japan with the exuberance of Mexico. Moon says, “These stories are for all of us, whether we are male or female. We’ll dive into these stories in silence, in small-group dialogues, in writing, and playful enactment. Seeing how they illuminate our passage through life. We’ll tell each other some stories of our own. We’ll certainly laugh, we’ll probably cry, and we’ll appreciate the wisdom and courage inherent in our own lives.”

Susan Moon is a lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, and she leads meditation retreats and writing retreats in Buddhist settings in North America and Europe. Her books include The Humor Book, The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi, This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity (, and most recently The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, with co-author/editor Florence Caplow. ( Books will be available for purchase at the retreat.

Presentations of the center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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