This week, we have a biography of one of the rare women of medieval Japan who was prominent not just because of her relationship to men, but because of her attainments in her own right. It’s the tale of Japan’s first female Zen master, Mugai Nyodai.
Ruch, Barbara. “The Other Side of Culture in Medieval Japan.” Cambridge History of Japan Vol 3: Medieval Japan.
Appleton, Naomi. “In the Footsteps of the Buddha? Women and the Bohdisatta Path in Theravada Buddhism.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 27, No 1 (Spring, 2011)
Ulanov, Mergen. “Women in Mahayana Buddhism.” Conference Paper: Social and Cultural Transformations in the Context of Modern Globalism, 2019.
Addiss, Stephen, Stanley Lombardo and Judith Roitman, eds. Zen Sourcebook: Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan.
Schrieson, Grace. Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.
Fister, Patricia. “Commemorating Life and Death: The Memorial Culture Surrounding the Rinzai Zen Nun Mugai Nyodai.” in Women, Rites, and Ritual Objects in Premodern Japan.