Active in Buddhism
Active in Buddhism
The Web's first comprehensive collection of links and resources
on contemporary Buddhist women. Female teachers, activists,
scholars, nuns, and yoginis (practitioners) may be found on
these pages, as well as teachings and special events, projects,
organisations, bibliographic and contact information. We also
offer a complete guide to the many female meditational deities
found in Tibetan Buddhist practice.
International Association of Buddhist Women
An excellent site for up-to-date information about what is
happening for Women in Buddhism.
The newsletter of The International Association of Buddhist
Women. "The Sakyadhita newsletter welcomes contributions by
its readers in the form of articles, letters, drawings, or
announcements of interest to Buddhist women, both lay and
Buddhist Women's Resources
In the Archive section of this website: Theravada Buddhist
Writings by Women; Women In The Pali Canon; Miscellaneous
Facts and Articles. In the Teachers section: Famous Women
Vipassana; Teachers; Sister Ayya Khema and Dr. Thynn Thynn
and her meditation community.
Tibetan Nuns' Project
The Tibetan Nuns Project is a non-profit organization dedicated
to educating and supporting Tibetan nuns living in exile.
Our sponsorship program supports over 500 nuns in five different
nunneries in the Himalayan region. Our objectives are: improving
the standards of food, sanitation, medical care and basic
education and training in existing nunneries; developing an
institute that offers nuns innovative educational opportunities;
and establishing further facilities for refugee Buddhist nuns.
Nunnery (Dharamsala, India)
Thösamling means Place for hearing,study and reflection
of the Buddhas Teaching. A Non-sectarian Nunnery Following
the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the nunnery will
encourage interaction among the four great lineages of Buddhism
by welcoming nuns and teachers from each of these lineages.
While the teachers we invite will be chosen on the basis of
their qualification, a special effort will be made to invite
women who have established their credentials as Buddhist teachers
Khema International Buddhist Mandir
Ven. Bhikkhuni Kusuma MA. PhD. is a fully ordained Buddhist
Nun from Sri Lanka who has pioneered the re-establishment
the Therevada female Buddhist Order in Sri Lanka, 1000 years
after the Order died out. She has taken upon herself the task
of carrying on the efforts of her mentor, Sister Ayya Khema,
in establishing the 'Ayya Khema International Buddhist Mandir'.
This establishment will be an abode in Sri Lanka for female
seekers of solitude, truth and wisdom through the teachings
of the Buddha. Once completed the 'Ayya Khema International
Buddhist Mandir' will offer; the study of Pali and Theravada
Buddhist Suttras, Abhidhamma Studies, Pali chanting, meditation
and English instructions.
Thubten Chodron's Home Page
Comprehensive and up-to-date information about Ven. Thubten
Chodron, her Teachings, Dharma Activity Schedules (Dharma
Classes, Meditation Retreats, etc), Publications, Book Reviews
and other special events. Born in 1950, Ven. Thubten Chodron
grew up near Los Angeles. She studied and practiced Buddhism
of the Tibetan tradition for many years in India and Nepal.
Ven Chodron was a co-organizer of "Life as a Western
Buddhist Nun", and took part in the conferences of Western
Buddhist teachers with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1993
and 1994. She currently lives and teaches in Seattle with
Dharma Friendship Foundation and continues to travel worldwide
to teach the Dharma.
Aranya is a project to develop a retreat centre in Europe
for women wishing to be ordained into the Western Buddhist
Order. The site includes articles by and about women on motherhood,
friendship, dealing with pain; the meaning of ordination in
the Western Buddhist Order; our search for land for a retreat
centre; forthcoming events, etc.
This site, dedicated to feminist interpretations of Buddhist
philosophy and practice, is named in honor of the dakini:
an important image of female power in Buddhism. An advanced
spiritual being, she moves in a fundamental freedom so spacious
in its emptiness that it is like the sky, or like space.
- ZEN, THE TAO, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND BUDDHISM FROM THE WOMEN'S
"Many women must have completed their studies and some
must have started temples, but we know very little about
the history of women in the Dharma because the translators
and historians were mostly men."