Friday, December 11, 2009

15 Great Women Buddhist Blogs

After two days of Googling the hell out of the Internet, and back and forth tweets on Twitter, here it is, finally, the promised list of 15 Great Women Buddhist Blogs - in no particular order:

108 Zen Books
Smilin Buddha Kabaret
Zen Dot Studio
Momma Zen
Jizo Chronicles
Becca Faith Yoga
Mama Dharma
Buddhist at Heart
The Asian Welder
Mama Om
Susan Piver
Mindful Purpose
Budding Buddhist
Dalai Grandma
Luminous Heart

How did I come up with the list? I looked for Buddhist sisters whose blogs reflected a deep commitment to their practice, and also to blogging. Women from all walks of life. Moms, activists, teachers, writers, artists . . .  A few, I knew already. Most of them, I just discovered. I hope you will enjoy 'visiting' them as much as I have!

If I have forgotten anyone, please add in comments section below.

Last, I need to thank Jack at Zen Dirt Zen Dust , for his generous help. 

35 comments:

  1. Aww Shucks...

    Thanks for putting together this list. I find that we tend to lack a rounded view of Buddhism sometimes and we should always look to broaden our practice.

    Are we going to see a Top 15 Male Buddhist Bloggers post? I promise to wear a tie!

    Cheers,

    John

    PS. a few more female buddhist bloggers for you that I follow.

    Buddhist in Nebraska www.nebuddhist.blogspot.com

    Meditate and Destroy www.bluenervana.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you Jack, again!

    Regarding Male Buddhist Bloggers list, I entrust Tricycle for that one . . . or you, for that matter! Actually, impetus for me putting together this list, was the lack of such list anywhere. All attention so far seems to have been on you guys. As you say, it's good to have rounded view. Male, and female . . . The Buddha would have approved!

    Deep bow,

    marguerite

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  3. Thank you for gathering this list together - I look forward to visiting each of these blogs. I have followed this Buddhist nun's blog for some time, and I really like it:

    http://www.abuddhistperspective.org/

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  4. Thank you Theresa! I will check it out. Love that you are engaged in green stuff! - For two years, I wrote extensively on climate change, here at http://lamarguerite.wordpress.com.

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  5. Thats funny b/c Tricycle doesn't include me in their blog roll. I hope your list encourages more Buddhist women to write about their practice. Buddhism gets boring when it gets narrow!

    Cheers,

    John

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  6. Ohhh... so you're the culprit, Marguerite! I kept seeing this tag on my stats page... Good stuff! And i'm honored to be on the list!

    I noticed Nella Lou at Enlightenment Ward has a list of blogs by women practitioners. She also has a list of blogs by men.

    That may keep the tie industry safe from Jack!

    Genju

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  7. Dear Marguerite,

    I am honored to be included on this list -- a deep bow of thanks! Another blog that I've been enjoying lately is http://wanderingdhamma.wordpress.com/ authored by Brooke Schedneck, a PhD student in Thailand. She's a very good writer.

    cheers, Maia

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  8. If they don't, they should. By the way, their blogroll is pretty dusty, I noticed. Lots of blogs that have not been updated in months . . . I too hope more women join the Buddhist blogging community. An interesting question is why not more have joined so far?

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  9. hmmm... my reply seems to have gotten lost (Hey! Are you two excluding me??? (sniff) )

    Thanks for doing this Marguerite! I was wondering why my stats spiked so much today... yesterday, it was because I trackbacked to John's Orc-sex post! ;-)

    Nella Lou has a list of blogs by women. I'm not on it... not on John's either :~( but I AM on Kyle's! Guess we squirrels have to hang together! :-)

    I digress... to answer your question: I tried briefly to hold a gender neutral persona and found it didn't work. My own history of online interactions makes me a bit shy to attract the downside of being public, I guess. But as a dharma teacher just wrote to me: I can't put a table cloth over an elephant and call it a dining table.

    I admire your courageous explorations and enjoy the enthusiasm of your practice.

    Genju

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  10. Thank you for 'coming out', Genju! I must say I almost overlooked you, as I thought you were one of the guys at first . . . had to infer from some of your stories. So, yes, please write from your true feminine self. You have so much to contribute.

    deep bow, sister!

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  12. Found some more cool blogs from Buddhist sisters:

    http://wanderingdhamma.wordpress.com/
    http://blog.not2wo.com/
    http://givingnoticenow.blogspot.com/
    http://fullcontactenlightenment.com/
    http://donna-quixote.blogspot.com/
    http://zenshin-edz.blogspot.com/
    http://damchoewongmo.blogspot.com/

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  13. Marguerite, would it make sense to start a blog that just lists the blogs you've found. Then we can all link to it from our blogroll.

    We could even add female teachers and practice centers run by female teachers.

    Let me know. I'm happy to set it up.

    Genju

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  14. What a great idea Genju! We could just have an automatic blog feed for all the blogs. Turn it into a place oozing with feminine Dharma energy. I am sure the guys would visit also!

    Things that would be great to add there:

    name of female teachers and practice centers run by female teachers as you mentioned
    list of books written by women
    videos of women teachers
    attached twitter account

    Depending on blogging platform chosen we could even add a social network component to it - either Wordpress or Ning would be my suggestions - and then have forums, groups, chat, etc . . .

    If you have the time and energy to pull it off, that would be awesome. And I will be happpy to join your efforts.

    Deep bow!

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  15. Great list.....I like women, so does that count? :-)

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  16. Kyle, I can always count on you for humor :)

    deep bow.

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  17. We should make Kyle an honorary woman ... or admin of the new blog...

    Seriously tho' Kyle, would the iSangha have room for a section called "Buddhist Women"? Rhetorical question really but I thought I'd be polite. :-)

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  18. Love this! thank you Kyle, thank you Lynette! I am excited, whatever shape this community ends up taking . . .

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  19. Thank you so very much for putting this together and for including me on the list. I am honored.

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  20. Thank you, thank you! Many on this list (including your own wonderful blog) were a revelation to me and now I've bookmarked/linked quite a few and will pass the word along. It's a long winter in shrine room at the badger sett!

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  21. As a fully human being, glad to know I fit in here.

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  22. Thank you sisters! Listening to your voices is such a gift.

    Deep bow,

    marguerite

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  23. marguerite - WOW...i've never made a "list" before! i only found out thru mahala's site that i frequent...who knew! mr. daw is a kind man indeed, as well as you for your time/energy to cultivate this list. humbled Dharma sister...hazel

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  24. Thanks for including Slipping Glimpser: Zen Wanderings and Wonderings (http://zenshin-edz.blogspot.com/). And glad to see that you're thinking about women's expression and practice!

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  25. I am incredibly honored to be listed amongst those I know and admire and those new me. Thank you making effort for this.

    I'm delighted by the idea of a feed or some other platform. I have a developers license the Thesis Theme for Word Press, which means we could set up a WP blog with the theme for only the cost of hosting.

    I'd be happy to do that IF others want author status and will pitch in and write posts or copy and paste their current blog articles. (though the latter might lower google rankings for their own site.) However I don't have the energy to take on an additional blog so something like ning may be better.

    The offer is out there, if it makes sense to work together and create.

    Thanks again for this lovely list, and making me a part of it.

    Dharma-ly,
    Mahala

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  26. Thank you so much for your kind offer, Mahala! Let me see where Lynette's head is at. Will get back to you soon.

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  27. Marguerite, I am honored to be included in your list. Thank you. __/\__

    Sunada Takagi (aka mindfulpurpose)
    www.mindfulpurpose.com

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  28. Hello,
    Thank you for including me on this list, most of all so I can find myself here this morning, marveling at the opportunity to get to know so many Buddhist bloggers! I am really looking forward to bringing these voices into my life.

    From a fully novice being (just had to riff on Karen Maezen Miller's comment)... :)

    Namaste,
    Stacy

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  29. visit:

    ideasinbuddhism.blogspot.com

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  30. Wonderful to stumble onto this blog and find so many heartful comments and great links and ideas--I'll be on the computer for days just following what is mentioned here.

    Yes, we know enlightenment is beyond gender but the path is personal and unique. Here's to helping every spiritual being connect with the symbols and qualities that most inspire her or him at the present moment and into the next step!!

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  31. Great list of female buddhist bloggers! Now when is us guys turn! haha

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