Thanissara (Mary Weinberg) was one of the first women to be ordained in the West as a nun in Ajahn Chah’s Forest tradition, initially as a mae chee (eight-precept nun), then as a nun in the siladhara order, based on the ten-precept ordination. She left the order after twelve years. She is director of Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach in South Africa, and a facilitator for the community dharma leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

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The Buddha Amitābha in the Himitsu nenbutsu shō

An excerpt of chapter 7 of Aaron P. Proffitt’s new book, "Esoteric Pure Land Buddhism" — reviewed in the Summer 2023 issue of Buddhadharma.

Buddha Amitabha.

A Brief History of Pure Land Buddhism

Pure Land is both a distinct school of Buddhism that developed in Japan and, says Aaron Proffitt, a cornerstone of the whole Mahayana tradition.

Dismantling the Master’s House

Thanissara presents an honest discussion of internalized racism and how seeing it clearly transforms sanghas.

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The Time Has Come

The “eight heavy rules” institutionalize women’s second-class status in Buddhist monasteries, and in most lineages women are denied full ordination.