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This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are

This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are

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Kodo Nishimura rose to fame following his appearance in Queer Eye: We're in Japan. Now this celebrity make-up artist and ordained Buddhist monk shares his unique and practical guide to positivity and self-acceptance. Readers will learn from the author's path to self-love and resilience and modern take on Buddhist teachings.


This book is for anyone who's ever felt like they don't fit in. And for all those who dare to be different.

Do you show who you truly are? Do you say what you really think? Or do you hide your heart's desire and camouflage yourself to look like others?

It is too easy to limit ourselves for fear of what other people will think. The message of this book is that we can choose to love our uniqueness--and that our diversity offers hope for the world.

This Monk Wears Heels is a guide to self-love, self-acceptance, and taking a Buddhist approach to life. Kodo Nishimura reveals how inclusive the Buddhist teachings really are--and that, yes, it is possible to be a Buddhist monk and do makeup and wear sparkly earrings.

This book is about being who you really are, totally unapologetically and with full conviction. It will show you how to shine in your own colors and be celebrated for yourself.

This is the English translation of Seisei Dodo, published in Japan in 2020 by Sunmark Publishing, Inc., Tokyo.

Author: Kodo Nishimura
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Published: 02/08/2022
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 7.40h x 5.40w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781786786173

About the Author
Kodo Nishimura is a Japanese Buddhist monk born in Tokyo in 1989. He graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating, he remained in the US to work as a make-up artist, where he participated in Miss Universe and Miss America pageants, receiving high praise from international media and Hollywood actresses. After returning to Japan, Nishimura trained to be a priest and was ordained into the Pure Land sect in 2015. He holds make-up and LGBTQ awareness seminars. His lectures held at the United Nations Population Fund in New York, Yale University, and Zōjō-ji Temple have attracted wide coverage on the likes of NHK and the BBC.

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