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Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women

Published Date: October 21, 2015



6 x 9


Lotus Petals posterLotus Petals in the Snow is the result of outreach extended across Canada with the goal of bringing together the work of scholars and stories from practitioners, scholar-practitioners, Dharma students, teachers, nuns and laywomen. With pieces covering a vast landscape of experiences, this book is one of the few to focus entirely on the voices of Canadian Buddhist Women.


The book, edited by Tanya McGinnity (, organized alphabetically, offers up stories of motherhood, grief, travel, art, the universal nature of suffering and several works dedicated to notable teachers and organizations who have left a profound impact upon the participants’ lives. Each story is authentic and demonstrates the uniquely feminine voices of girls, mothers, goddesses, crones, dakinis, nuns, bhikkhunis and all of the various emanations of the female form (both in the absolute and relative sense of the word). These may all just be convenient labels though, as a good story is a good story regardless of gender but reclaiming our voices as women who have been rendered silent in many domains – including Buddhism, does deliver collective power.

Here’s the line-up…

Karma: A Method of Evolution and Escape • Aryadrishti

Buddhism as a System of Education: Reflections on Life and Self • Heesoon Bai

The Things We Leave Behind • Nicole Belanger

Who is a Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolator? Freedom Fighter, Martyr, Terrorist or Bodhisattva? • Citizen Shambhala

Sakyadhita Canada: Branching Out • Mavis Fenn

Authentic Self • Tracy Franz

Dharma Decisions: I Don’t Know Until I Know, and Then I Know • Ainslie Greig

Finding the Kingdom of Happiness • Dianne Harke

Why Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Chose Buddhism • Usha Heer

My Path of Vajrayana Practice • Jackie Ho

Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; Applications to Western Buddhism • Patricia Ivan

Heart of Light: Anagarika Dhammadinna • Jayanta

Women at the Forefront: Pioneering and the Dhamma of Perseverance • Jayanta

Why I Never Felt Beautiful and Now I Do • Natalie Karneef

Rediscovering the Gift of the Universal Feminine Through Faith, Scripture and Myth • Cecilie Kwiat

Art Is Not for Control Freaks • Carole Leslie

Buddhism, Maternity and the Body • Erin McCarthy

Stumbling Into Fields of Joy: A Biography of Cecilie Kwiat • Julia Milton

I Talk to People Everywhere: An Interview with Cecilie Kwiat • Julia Milton

Why Do I Feel an Irresistible Urge to Dance? • Kuya Minogue

Summer at the Kootenay Hermitage • Kuya Minogue

Mother-Daughter: Mastering the Art of Losing Each Other • Lynette Genju Monteiro

Convergence • Julie Price

Giving and Receiving: Why Dharma Teachers Don’t Charge Fees • Bonni Ross

Dissolving the Pain Body; Abiding in the Body of Wisdom • Daryl Lynn Ross

Discovering the Three Jewels in Rural Alberta • Bonnie Ryan Fisher

Finding My Way on the Eightfold Path • Laura Sugimoto

My Rebirth as a Bhikkhuni • Thich Nu Tinh Quang

The Front Runner • Thuc Cong

The Despondency (Qi Xia Temple): Nanjing and a Visit to the 1000 Smashed Buddha Caves • Sarah E. Truman

Weeds in the Stream • Vimalasara

This is a gift economy book, which means that 100% of net proceeds from online sales will be donated to the Buddhist Compassion Tzu Chi Foundation for charitable work. Proceeds from direct sales will support local Buddhist initiatives across Canada. Everyone involved in the project is donating their energy, work and and time. Carole Leslie ( has contributed our cover art as well as her article.

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