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Michaela Haas: Dakini Power

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What drives a young London librarian to board a ship to India, and then meditate in a remote cave for twelve years? How does a surfer girl from Malibu become the head of an international organization for Buddhist women? Why does the daughter of a famed music executive in Santa Monica dream so vividly of peacocks that she chases images of then all the way to Nepal where she finds the love of her life in an unconventional young Tibetan master? Dakini Power, by Michaela Haas, features the life stories of well-known female pioneers of Buddhism in the West, such as Pema Chodron, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Thubten Chodron, how these women overcame challenges in the face of adversity, and what we can learn from their struggles and successes. Tibetan Buddhism says that being a woman can actually be favorable on the path to spiritual realization.The Tibetan word for dakini, Khandro, literally means sky-goer, which is the expansiveness of their view. Michaela Haas is an international reporter, lecturer, and consultant. She has been studying and practicing Buddhism for almost twenty years and blogs for the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.

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