The First Free Women

Original Poems Inspired by the Early Buddhist Nuns

By Matty Weingast
Contributions by Bhikkhuni Anandabodhi

- Paperback
Shambhala Publications
Pages: 160
Size: 5 x 7.25
ISBN: 9781645470564

Composed around the Buddha’s lifetime, the original Therigatha (“Verses of the Elder Nuns”) contains the poems of the first Buddhist women: princesses and courtesans, tired wives of arranged marriages and the desperately in love, those born into limitless wealth and those born with nothing at all. The authors of the Therigatha were women from every kind of background, but they all shared a deep-seated desire for awakening and liberation.

In The First Free Women, Matty Weingast has reimagined this ancient collection and created an original work that takes his experience of the essence of each poem and brings forth in his own words the struggles and doubts, as well as the strength, perseverance, and profound compassion, embodied by these courageous women.