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For the first time in centuries, Sakyadhita International Conferences are uniting and empowering women like Amaa across traditions and cultures. Women arecoming together to strengthen one another's lives, and returning home to build local networks that will continue to strengthen the traditions and practices of women on the grassroots level.Read More
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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.
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.
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.Watch More
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"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. Tashila Zangmo, the Director of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation kneels next to Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, with Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo standing behind them. Christie Chang, 2009-2013 Sakyadhita International President stands next to Bhikshuni Tsomo. Seated is Jetsun Pema, the Queen Of Bhutan, and the keynote speaker at the conference.