Sandy Boucher of Oakland , California , U.S.A. , is a major spokeswoman for Western women involved in Buddhist practice. For twenty-five years, she has been active in the exploration of women’s participation in Buddhism and in support of our vibrant contribution to Buddhism’s movement to the West. She has written numerous articles on the subject, and has co-organized several national Women and Buddhism conferences. She has also reached out to her Asian sisters through several trips to Buddhist institutions in Southeast Asia and a short period spent in the robes in the Theravada tradition with Ayya Khema in Sri Lanka .
Her most powerful contribution consists of her books, which include: Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism; Opening the Lotus: A Woman’s Guide to Buddhism; Discovering Kwan Yin: Buddhist Goddess of Compassion; Hidden Spring: A Buddhist Woman Confronts Cancer; and Dancing in the Dharma: The Life and Teachings of Ruth Denison. Ms. Boucher continues to be a tireless resource for Buddhist women and a sincere student of the Dharma.