Grace Schireson on the life, art, and poetics of the Zen nun Otagaki Rengetsu, a woman “humbled by life’s blows as well as its beauty.”
Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week we celebrate International Woman’s Day by look at the inspiring women of Buddhism.
For International Women’s Day, here’s a collection of our best teachings from, profiles on, and conversations with women in Buddhism.
In Vajrayana Buddhism, dakinis are seen as unbridled and enlightened feminine energy. Lama Tsultrim Allione on how she discovered her own dakini power.
More than two-and-a-half centuries ago, Mahapajapati Gotami, the Buddha’s aunt, set a precedent for the women’s rights.
Bethany Saltman talks with Tenzin Palmo about rebirth, merit, and the bodhisattva vow.
Gesshin Greenwood offers an alternative to the “male fantasy” of striving for enlightenment. From the Winter 2018 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly
If you ignore power, you ignore powerful Buddhist teachings. Pema Khandro Rinpoche says that Buddhism teaches us how to be powerful and compassionate at the same time.
Rinchen Khando Choegyal fights the second-class status of female monastics in Tibetan Buddhism.
“Chinese – Seated Guanyin (Kuan-yin) Bodhisattva – Walters 25256 (2)” – Walters Art Museum. Licensed under Public domain via Public domain. In Buddhist iconography, compassion is embodied in the bodhisattva Kuan Yin, who is said to manifest wherever beings need help. Engendering such compassion is not only good for others, says Christina Feldman, it is also […]