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Writer Christine Toomey is by speakers Ani Rinchen Khandro, Sister Peace, Martine Batchelor and Hiroko Kawanami.
Buddhism has long had a tradition of deep female spirituality that stretches back through the centuries and now embraces the radical possibility that the next Dalai Lama could be a woman. Yet the role of women in the spread of the philosophy from a remote area of India in the fifth century BC, via 1950s San Francisco where Zen was popularised by the Beat generation, to the globally renowned practitioners of mindfulness today has often been ignored.
Today, both female monastics and lay teachers are amongst the most respected and loved spiritual guides for men and women around the world who choose to follow the Buddhist path. These women dedicate their lives to spiritual understanding and awakening, not only for their own sake but also for the benefit of others whose lives they touch.
Far from retreating from the everyday challenges of life – and sometimes despite severe hardship and fierce opposition from within Buddhism’s male dominated hierarchies – these women are energetically engaged in the communities in which they live, working, for instance, to protect the environment, working with those in all forms of need and often travelling internationally to give teachings and guidance to those who seek true enlightenment.
With Ani Rinchen Khandro of Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh and Samye Ling Monastery, Sister Peace, recently of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing at Plum Village in France; teacher and writer Martine Batchelor and Hiroko Kawanami of Lancaster University. Chaired by author and journalist Christine Toomey author of The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha’s Daughters.
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