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Buddhist women in the West

Buddhist women in the West

A talk given at the Rudolf Steiner Haus in Hamburg, Germany, organized by the Tibetan Center Hamburg. The teachings are in English with German translation.

  • Three stages of experience as a Western nun in Tibetan culture
  • The ways in which there is more freedom as a Western Buddhist nun
  • The challenge of adapting Buddhism to the West without altering the teachings
  • Gender equality—the Buddha didn’t want only half the population to gain awakening
  • The role and importance of the monastic community
  • The importance of the lay community
  • Book launch for the German translation of Living with an Open Heart

Buddhist women in the West and book launch (download)

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.