Monthly Archives: June 2015

Buddhist Women – Tibet’s First Female Tulku (reincarnate lama)

Pema Khandro tells the story of Sonam Peldren, a Tibetan Buddhist yogini, who is the earliest recorded female tulku, a reincarnated lama. She lived in thirteenth-fourteenth century Tibet.

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Surrounded by Buddhist Women

The fourteenth Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women is well underway, with approximately a thousand people here to celebrate women in Buddhism. There are 475 from Indonesia and 520 from forty different countries attending! In the opening ceremony there were two hundred Buddhist nuns. All of their different color robes speak of the diversity of Buddhism. Each day … Continue reading Surrounded by Buddhist Women

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A Buddhist Women’s Rights March

The Buddha’s mother had died in childbirth and he was raised by his aunt, Mahapajapati Gotami. With a motivation to develop spiritually to her fullest capacity, she repeatedly requested that the Buddha create a nun’s order and asked that the nuns be equal to monks. She marched with five hundred women to make this request, in an action called by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, the first women’s right march.

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When Buddha Was A Woman

This story of the Buddha’s lifetime as a female is an important pivotal story in the succession of lives because this it feature’s a woman making the enlightened intention that lays the foundation for the future attainment of Buddhahood.

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International Conference on Buddhist Women

Buddhist women from all around the world are gathering to discuss the history and future of women in Buddhism. Pema Khandro’s presentation focuses on women’s leadership roles as depicted in Tibetan narratives.

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Saga Dawa

Today is Saga Dawa, the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, awakening and passing away (parinirvana). It is a day when Buddhists around the world practice mantras, make prayers and ritual offerings and perform acts of generosity. Tibetan Buddhists believe that today the effects of actions are multiplied many millions of times over, therefore it is … Continue reading Saga Dawa

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