1st Sakyadhita International Conference,
The name Sakyadhita means “Daughter of the Buddha.” Based on Pali and Sanskrit, two ancient Buddhist languages, the term was coined at the first international gathering of Buddhist women held in Bodhgaya, India, in 1987. The initiative for the conference came from the German nun Ayya Khema; the American nun Karma Lekshe Tsomo; and the Thai professor Chatsumarn Kabilsingh (now Bhikkhuni Dhammananda).
Sakyadhita International was formed that year, at the conclusion of a truly historic gathering, as an independent non-governmental organization. The aim was to work together to benefit Buddhist women, to reduce gender injustice, and awaken women to their potential for awakening the world.