1st Sakyadhita International Conference,

1st Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women

The name Sakyadhita means “Daughter of the Buddha.” Based on Pali and Sanskrit, two ancient Buddhist languages, the term was coined at the first international gathering of Buddhist women held in Bodhgaya, India, in 1987. The initiative for the conference came from the German nun Ayya Khema; the American nun Karma Lekshe Tsomo; and the Thai professor Chatsumarn Kabilsingh (now Bhikkhuni Dhammananda).

Sakyadhita International was formed that year, at the conclusion of a truly historic gathering, as an independent non-governmental organization. The aim was to work together to benefit Buddhist women, to reduce gender injustice, and awaken women to their potential for awakening the world.


Special 20th Anniversary Sakyadhita International Newsletter, 2007 (5MB)


Working at the grassroots level, Sakyadhita provides a communications network among Buddhist women internationally. We promote research and publications on Buddhist women's history and other topics of interest. Our members strive to create equal opportunities for women in all Buddhist traditions. Read More

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