Breaking Free: glimpses of a Buddhist life
This is the remarkably honest, moving, and often very funny story of a woman's journey to spiritual freedom.
Srimala was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order by Sangharakshita over twenty years ago, whilst pregnant with her second child. In this book the challenges of combining motherhood with a spiritual path are laid bare. So too is Srimala's struggle to transform her sexual relationships - to break with the romantic myth and her dependency on men, and to move towards celibacy and contentment.
In this powerful piece of writing, Srimala presents her experience as a series of snapshots, showing how so-called mundane events can help us realize the true significance of our lives. Sometimes deceptively gentle, she pulls no punches.
Srimala is no ordinary Buddhist practitioner. She constantly goes beyond herself, throwing off her doubts and lack of confidence until she reaches a point where she is ready to ordain other women and in doing so, make Buddhist history.
This book will make you smile. It may also make you feel uncomfortable. Yet many women and men will identify with the everyday struggles and joys described in this modern tale, and learn much from them.
1. Religious Beginnings
2. Out of Place
3. A Golden Ray
4. Love Shines Through
5. Another Experiment
6. Letting Go
7. On the Floor at my Feet
8. I Wanted to Find My Voice
9. Moving Towards Brahmacharya