The oldest lineage of Buddhism, Theravada is known for sharing the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha. Building on this ancient lineage, Theravada today is innovative and diverse. Derek Pyle reports on the tapestry of communities that make up American Theravada.
Rinchen Khando Choegyal fights the second-class status of female monastics in Tibetan Buddhism.
Bhikkhuni Sudhamma traces the origins of Buddhist ordination for women to Queen Anula, Sri Lanka’s first Buddhist nun.
A petition has been has lodged after a group of bhikkuni were blocked from paying respects to Thailand’s late King last month.
The geshema degree, equivalent to a doctorate, represents the highest level of training in the Gelugpa school of Buddhism. It was previously only awarded to men.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama awarded the first ever 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns with Geshema degrees yesterday at a ceremony at Drepung monastery in South India.
The Geshema degree is the highest training in the Gelugpa school of Buddhism, previously only available to men. Now, 20 nuns have earned Geshema degrees.
Thai Buddhist nuns in Rayong, previously targeted by death threats, have now been forced out of their temple due to arson attacks.
In Thailand, Buddhist nuns and bhikkhunis, fully ordained female monastics, are emerging as a force for reform and challenging conservative views.
“After being asleep for more than 1000 years,” Indonesia’s lineage of fully ordained female Theravada monastics has “bounced back.”