Freedom in a Female Form—The Hidden Lamp

A Workshop for Those Who Identify as Women

November 10, 2019, 1-5 pm, Ashton, MD


Workshop Details

The workshop will explore teaching stories from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, presented by Zenshin Florence Caplow, Co-Editor. She will show us how to practice with and experience the powerful stories, as they are passed on from our Buddhist ancestors, in our own lives. The workshop will consist of teaching words and moving our bodies and voices in response to the stories, sharing our deepest wisdom.

Florence Caplow

Zenshin Florence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi and Everyday Zen lineage. She has been practicing Vipassana and Zen for thirty years, and is a dharma teacher, field botanist, essayist, and editor. She is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in Washington, Colorado, and Illinois.  

She and Reigetsu Susan Moon are co-editors of The Hidden Lamp, a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day, which brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.


Please send your registration and questions to-- by November 1, 2019. We are limited to 25 attendees, and will take a Waiting List.  We ask that if you cannot make it, to let us know to open up the Waiting List. We will sit in chairs, no street shoes allowed in the room, and only water bottles that close are allowed. Parking is limited so we encourage carpooling.


It will be held in the Octogon at Blueberry Gardens Center, 237 Ashton Road, Ashton MD 20861.


There is no required fee for this workshop—Zenshin Florence Caplow is offering her teaching through Dana (Generosity), and you are invited to make a donation if you are moved by her teaching.  Thank you!  Also if you can make a suggested $5 donation to One Heart Sangha for renting the space, that would be appreciated.

Organized by One Heart Sangha/Silver Spring Zendo   We are a community of Zen students who sit together on a regular basis to support one another in staying awake, moment-by-moment, to realize and live our true nature, to experience our lives fully.