Point Richmond author pens book on trailblazing ‘Rebel Monk’

Point Richmond author pens book on trailblazing ‘Rebel Monk’
Cindy Rasicot (Photo contributed)

By Kathy Chouteau

Point Richmond resident Cindy Rasicot is set to release her newest book, This Fresh Existence: Heart Teachings from Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, on April 9 following her time learning from the pioneering female monastic.

The book, which is being released by Windhorse Publications, shares Venerable Dhammananda’s wisdom and insights about how to live a more powerful and compassionate life. Along the way, it offers a rare glimpse into her journey as a TV personality, author, academic, wife and mother to ordained Bhikkhuni.

Dubbed “Rebel Monk” by the Thai press, Venerable Dhammananda is a powerful voice for gender equality and human rights, having defied convention to become the first woman fully ordained in the Thai Theravada Buddhist tradition, according to a Windhorse representative.

“As a woman who has successfully challenged longstanding institutional and cultural gender roles, Venerable Dhammananda has a story that many people may find inspiring regardless of their own religious, spiritual and ethnic backgrounds,” said the representative.

Rasicot will also take part in a conversation with Sylvia Boorstein April 14 at 1 p.m. at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

Learn more about the author and book here.