Sandy Boucher – Guide/Instructor

Sandy Boucher

Sandy Boucher, writer/teacher/consultant, participated wholeheartedly in the Women’s Liberation and antinuclear movements. Twenty-five years ago she entered upon a Buddhist path and soon became a spokesperson for Buddhist women in America, as well as a teacher and meditation retreat leader. In 2006, she was named an “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand.

Author of nine books and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Literature, she earned a Masters degree in the History and Phenomenology of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has traveled widely in Asia, and spent a period as a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka. She has been pursuing her Vipassana meditation practice for 25 years, and has been teaching writing and meditation almost as long. She was a founding editor for Persimmon Tree, an online magazine on the arts by women over sixty. Her most recent book is She Appears: Encounters with Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion (see next section for more information).

Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for four decades, Sandy offers her expertise and wisdom in retreats and private consultations.

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Sandy’s books:

She Appears! Encounters with Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion – see next section for more information and to order a signed copy from Sandy

Discovering Kwan Yin – an introduction to the Bodhisattva of Compassion

Dancing in the Dharma – about the Theravada Buddhist pioneer teacher Ruth Denison

Turning The Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism – groundbreaking overview of American women’s participation in Buddhism

Hidden Spring: A Buddhist Woman Confronts Cancer  – Sandy’s personal journey

Opening the Lotus: A Woman’s Guide to Buddhism  – a primer on Buddhist principles, especially for women

Assaults & Rituals – a book of stories

Notebooks of Leni Clare  – a book of stories

Heartwomen: an Urban Feminist’s Odyssey Home – a group portrait of women in the Midwest

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