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Buddhist Women – the Dalai Lama’s Mother

This is the story of Dalai Lama’s mother, Diki Tsering. “It was both faith and fate that propelled me into my unbelievable life as the mother of the Dalai Lama…”

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Buddhist Women’s Conference – Mutual Appreciation and Non Sectarianism

Buddhist women from different countries walked around wearing each of their different colors of robes, representing the practices of Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen and more! People wearing different robes frequently stopped one another in order to take pictures, because we all wanted to have photos of all the different kinds of ordained traditions.

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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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From True Self to the Bare Fact of Being

Buddhadharma quarterly is featuring an article I wrote on waking up while facing crisis. Buddhism orients around finding freedom from suffering through changing the way we see ourselves. This is the teaching of non-self (anatman). The idea of non-self is not just a philosophical or abstract issue. Quite practically – it could lead to seeing oneself in … Continue reading From True Self to the Bare Fact of Being

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3 Meditations for Healing From Depression

Even though, these days, everyone is doing it, starting with silent sitting meditation can be difficult for someone who is depressed or exhausted. But silent sitting meditation is only one kind of meditation. There are others. Rather than a one size fits all approach, the greatest benefits come from practicing the right kind of meditation practice at the right time. Consider Mantra recitation, guided visualization or meditation, and somatic meditation.

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