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Sarasvati's Gift by Mayumi Oda

Sarasvati's Gift

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Sarasvati's Gift by Mayumi Oda
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Nov 10, 2020 | ISBN 9781611808155

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Sarasvati’s Gift is a revelation of the glory of Mayumi’s determined artistry, filled with all the kindness, beauty, and power that flows from the indomitable feminine, divine as nature, of nature, in nature, gentle and nurturing and ferocious in the defense of life.”—Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsongkhapa Professor of Buddhology, Columbia University

“An extraordinary book by an extraordinary woman. This remarkable work is a plunge into courage and beauty.”—Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying and Standing at the Edge
 
“Mayumi’s vivid, original images of women as goddesses show us a new way to think about Zen Buddhism and, actually, about life. This book tells her marvelous journey from childhood in Japan during the Second World War into her life as a notable artist and activist. A book of great simplicity, sweetness, and beauty.”—John Tarrant, author of The Light Inside the Dark and Bring Me the Rhinoceros

“Attempting to endorse Sarasvati’s Gift is akin to praising the moon and the stars. This is a book of extraordinary resonance, love, and beauty. Mayumi’s heart surpasses all measures of courage in her devotion to the earth.”—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World
 
“Mayumi Oda’s action for life on Earth, whether it’s praying, sobbing, organizing, protesting, or farming, is as transformative and captivating as her magnificent creation of eclectic, bold, and enchanting celestial/terrestrial femininity.”—Kazuaki Tanahashi, author of Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis
 
Sarasvati’s Gift soars on the wings of Mayumi Oda’s pure, persevering, and fiercely loving heart and hands. It models ways to walk in beauty and with grace for everyone who feels called by the emergence of the feminine in this time when restoring balance and equilibrium to the human-nature experiment is so urgent and timely.”—Nina Simons, cofounder and Chief Relational Strategist, Bioneers
 
“Readers interested in Buddhist art or feminism will find this straightforward, impassioned memoir rewarding.”—Publishers Weekly 

“The color reproductions of [Mayumi Oda’s] paintings serve as a welcome complement to her life story, a sensitively told account of the formation of her artistic vocation and antinuclear activism. Oda’s memoir is, at its core, an urgent appeal to the younger generation to salvage our world before it is too late.”—Buddhadharma

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