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Robes to Enlightenment

The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha’s Daughters

By Christine Toomey

Portobello Books 367pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

Two headlines caught my attention recently: one, that an increasing number of women in Britain are becoming Catholic nuns; the other, that female clergy in the Anglican Church are demanding the right to refer to God as ‘She’. Perhaps, at last, there are signs that the patriarchal hegemony of the Christian world-view is breaking down. Certainly, it seems that women continue to be attracted, perhaps more than ever, to a life of spiritual devotion.

The Saffron Road follows the path of women taking Buddhist orders, not just in the East

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