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I Give You My Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun

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Ayya Khema (1923-1997) was the first Western woman to be ordained a Theravadin Buddhist nun. As such, she has served as a model and inspiration for women from all the Buddhist traditions who have sought to revive the practice of women's monasticism. Born Ilse Kussel in Berlin, Germany, she grew up in a prosperous Jewish family that was broken up by the Nazis in 1938. Fleeing first to Scotland, she then journeyed to rejoin her family in China, where she spent several years, surviving the Japanese invasion. But this was only ...

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1570624151

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9781570624155

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I Give You My Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun
1998, Shambhala Publications, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9781570624155

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