Announcing ‘Helping Hands’ – An Anthology of Canadian Buddhist Women’s Writing

2014 May 2


I am honoured beyond belief to announce that I will be working with Canadian Buddhist book publisher Sumeru Books to curate and edit a collection of writings by Canadian Buddhist women set to be released in the Spring of 2015.

With a working title of ‘Helping Hands’, the anthology will showcase the writing of Canadian Buddhist women who are teaching, studying and practicing the Dharma north of the 49th parallel. Featuring a diverse set of voices ranging from young and old, East Coast to West Coast and with writers from a variety of backgrounds, this book hopes to express the mosaic nature which has been pegged as inherently and uniquely Canadian.

All profits will go to the Tzu Chi Foundation Canada to help continue all of the essential activities they are undertaking to enhance and enrich the lives of women and their families.

If you wish to participate or would like to receive additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also please spread the word amongst your networks should you know of anyone that may be interested in getting involved. This is a valuable opportunity to both share your voice and wisdom as well as to do good for an amazing cause.

For additional details on the project over at the Sumeru blog visit this link.



5 Responses
  1. May 3, 2014

    I’m delighted to hear about this project that you’ll be working on. You are a talented writer and, I’ve been told, a wonderful project manager, so the team is very lucky to work alongside you. You have also always been a solid supporter of my writing, and so I would love to hear more about how you have been planning to reach out to Asian Canadian women. I am willing to help. I would love to contribute in any way that I can to ensure that your volume reflects the beautiful diversity of Canadian Buddhist women.

    • Tanya McGinnity permalink*
      May 3, 2014

      Thanks for your comment. I’m so thrilled to be working on this project.

      Ensuring that there is a diversity of voices in this book is THE most important part of this project for me and I’ve been fortunate to have the help of the publisher who maintains a robust database of Canadian Buddhist organizations and centers.

      I want to ensure that there are also Francophone voices involved, diversity in age and in practice level, as well as try to have every single province in Canada represented. Canada is quite interesting in make-up as there is a large Asian community on the West Coast as well we have a different way of thinking in that we are more about aspiring to be a cultural mosaic than a melting pot (hey wiki- help me out! -> ). There is still much work to be done though.

      Let’s keep in touch as I’d love to have your help with outreach should I reach a block with my efforts. It is much appreciated and very kind.

  2. May 9, 2014

    Do I get to write my chapter in Burmese?

    • Tanya McGinnity permalink*
      May 18, 2014

      Tempting thought. I’d love to offer up something like this for the ebook. Burmese. French. Everything. I’d love it.

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