Written by the first and only layperson to receive full dharma transmission in the Suzuki Roshi Soto Zen lineage, A Bigger Sky explores what it means to traverse the gaps of a Buddhism created by and for men, navigate the seemingly contradictory domains of secular and spiritual life, and walk a path through the heart of the world. Blending memoir, Buddhist practice, and cultural observation, Weiss reorients Buddhism through a wider and more inclusive feminine lens. Her personal and spiritual journey speaks to the bits of brokenness in us all, shining a light on the different pathways we can walk to become whole.
Through beautifully crafted prose, Weiss shares what it means to be an ordinary Bodhisattva, describing how the Buddha's profound vision of freedom can be lived outside of institutions and rule-bound practice to support us in deepening our connection with ourselves, each other, and the planet. A Bigger Sky illuminates how integrating a more feminine approach to Buddhist teachings can be applied in spiritual practice, community, relationships, and day-to-day life.
Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism, Pamela Weiss, North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 215 Pages, 2020, $17.95
Pamela Weiss is a Buddhist teacher and executive coach. She is among the few Buddhist teachers authorized to teach in two traditions--Zen and Theravada. After living as a monastic at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, she completed comprehensive training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center to become an Insight meditation teacher. Pamela is also a pioneer in bringing Buddhist practices into the workplace, and is passionate about reorienting Buddhist teachings through a wider, more inclusive feminine lens. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and little dog, Grover.