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This 2015 Temple Ground Press publication edited by Jikyo Cheryl Wolfer is a compilation of eight teachers, each writing on the merits of the Eightfold Path, a core Buddhist teaching. Tone O'Connor, Shodo Spring and Hoko Karnegis are included. "The Buddha doesn't say what we should do, he simply points to the value of putting one foot in front of the other," Rev. Teijo Munnich, from her chapter, Right Effort: Learning to Fly."Eightfold Path includes wisdom, concentration, and ethics. These three essential practices comprise the most important teachings for twenty-first century Buddhism.

If we understand the entirety of the Eightfold Path we can correct many of the problems of imbalance in our communities and in our personal lives. The purpose of a spiritual life is to align our action with our understanding. If we have the steadfastness to remember the three core practices of wisdom, concentration, and ethics, we can stop the swirling world of suffering and find freedom, we can find the universal perspective in the particulars of our ordinary lives and be free. We can move from a mind of complaint to a mind of gratitude. The Eightfold Path teaches us how to create a spiritual life and how to fully live it. Taken together, all aspects of the Eightfold Path teach us how to create a spiritual life. We can construct a balanced vehicle for practice/realization. – Rev. Byakuren Judith Ragir
This is the third in a series of Buddhist teaching anthologies offered by Soto Zen women from Temple Ground Press. In her introduction to the first book, Receiving the Marrow, editor and publisher Eido Frances Carney writes:
Our concern in publishing women’s voices is so future Zen students may be able to trace the history and articulation of women teachers of this century … Since we ourselves are disappointed by limited evidence in researching our own lost sisters, we feel an obligation to care for the future by offering our voices now so we do not create an absence on which future claims of exclusion may be based … In the history of the world’s religions, we have a mere cupful of spiritual texts written by, or about women.
The Eightfold Path, edited by Jikyo Cheryl Wolfer with Introduction by Byakuren Judith Ragir and with teachings by Myoan Grace Schireson, Zenki Mary Mocine, Tonen O’Connor, Shodo Spring, Misha Shungen Merrill, Teijo Munnich, Hoko Karnegis, and Pat Enkyo O’Hara. The book is now available online or through your local bookstore.

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