I really recommend this book for a deeper look into feminist theory and Buddhist philosophy. While it can be a very difficult read at times, it provides powerful insight and some deconstruction of the Tibetan world view. I have found this work to be very helpful for the topic it explores. However, it takes a lot of focus to read as the author often gets off track or even gets lodged in circular thinking. But, these are only minor setbacks because the overall info gained from it is very powerful.
Of the dozens of books that I have read on Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism in particular, this book touched me personally in a way that few others can match. While the book does display Professor Klein's impressive scholarship and mastery of Geluk and Nyingma material as well as feminist theory, this is not a work for intellectuals, but rather for those who embrace the challenge of using the Buddhist path to open their hearts with courage and strength to others. In a highly personal narrative, this book gracefully brings Buddhist practice into dialogue with feminist theory in the belief that each may illuminate the other. As a Buddhist, I was grateful for the reflections on how Buddhism must be acculturated to uniquely western concerns regarding identity and autonomy. I also very much welcomed the exploration of which issues Buddhism does and does not address. As a feminist, I was delighted to explore strategies for helping western women regain a sense of wholeness and a compassionate identity without sacrificing strength or autonomy. I would highly reccommend this book for anyone, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, who is looking for a way to accomplish these things in themselves or who wishes to help bring them out in others.