Shravasti 2020 News

Application deadline extended to December 31st With folded palms we invite participation of Bhikshunis of the Darmaguptaka Vinaya to join an international Varsa retreat in Shrqvasti India from July 1 – August 20, 2020. This historic gathering of Mahayana nuns is a...

The First Non-Himalayan Nun

Of all the Buddha’s great disciples, male or female, Mahapajapati Gotami, the Buddha’s maternal aunt and stepmother, is the only one whom legend describes as a counterpart to the Tathagatha himself. As an elderly woman she became a zealous follower,...

The Role of Monastics in the West

WESTERN BUDDHIST TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE IN CONVERSATION WITH HH the DALAI LAMA 16-19 March 1993 – Dharamsala Monasticism Jetsunma: First of all I would like to make it clear that of course monasticism is not for everybody. Nor should it be for...

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