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.
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.
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.”
Thirty-eight nuns are undergoing exams toward their geshema degree, the monastic equivalent of a Ph.D in Tibetan Buddhist studies.
Karmapa announces plan to restore nuns’ vows in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
The International Network of Engaged Buddhists has posted a petition on change.org to allow women to become fully-ordained nuns in Thai monasteries.