“I have been waiting for this moment my whole life.”


Amaa, a revered 104-year-old Buddhist yogini and advanced female practitioner, traveled 200 miles from Khenti Province in northeastern Mongolia to Ulaanbaatar in 2008 to attend the 10th Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women.

At the opening ceremony, she shared her reflections with an audience of several hundred Buddhist women, “I have been waiting for this moment my whole life,” she told the crowd.

Left: Amaa at the 10th Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2008.

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14th Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women


We are excited to announce that the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women will be held during the summer of 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Women in Buddhism:
Unity & Diversity

Buddhist women offer a wide variety of practices, traditions, cultures, philosophies, and lifestyles. Sakyadhita unites women in one of the world's oldest religions, and how that can be expanded.

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Sakyadhita Newsletters

Sakyadhita Newsletter Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter 2012

The Sakyadhita newsletter contains information on our international conferences, articles, reviews of recently published books, and more. All articles are written on a volunteer basis.

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In Gratitude

1st Nuns Conference, December 2013



"I am especially grateful to all the female teachers, lay or ordained-- this does not mean in any way that I am less appreciative towards male teachers. It's just that women do need female practitioners as their role models, and having female role models really hasn't come that easily."

"Throughout our 'his'tory, under thousands of years of social and cultural conditioning in which men have always been valued over women, outstanding female practitioners before this generation of ours have struggled and persisted on their path, unshakable in their Dharma practice."

"I consider our generation (at least for myself!) extremely privileged and fortunate to have the guidance from all these wonderful female Dharma teachers -- in addition to continuing their own Dharma practice, these wonderful female practitioners have guided us with their unique feminine, humble and gentle leadership as well as boundless compassion. How very blessed we've been!"

-Christie Chang, Sakyadhita President

Right: From the First International Buddhist Nuns Conference held December 14-16, 2013 in Bhutan --From the left, Dr. Tashi Zangmo, Director of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation kneels next to Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, current Sakyadhita International President; with Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Sakyadhita International Co-Founder and current Branch & Chapter Coordinator. Christie Chang, 2009-2013 Sakyadhita International President stands behind Jetsun Pema, the Queen Mother of Bhutan.

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Working at the grassroots level, Sakyadhita provides a communications network among Buddhist women internationally. We promote research and publications on Buddhist women's history and other topics of interest. Our members strive to create equal opportunities for women in all Buddhist traditions. Read More

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