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Women in Buddhism: Levels of ordination

Women in Buddhism: Levels of ordination

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2011.

  • Anger
  • Different levels of monastic ordination
  • History of bhikshuni ordination as well as other types of ordinations that are given to women in contemporary Buddhist countries
  • Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, first Western female Geshe

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.