Since 1987, Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women has been working to benefit Buddhist women around the world. Established at the conclusion of the 1st Sakyadhita Conference in Bodhgaya, India, in 1987, the organization has nearly 2,000 members in 45 countries worldwide.
Laywomen and monastics from around the world come together every two years to share their experiences and encourage projects that improve conditions for Buddhist women, especially in developing countries.
The 13th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women was held in early January 2013, in Vaishali, Bihar, India, where the Buddha's aunt/stepmother Mahapajapati Gotami became the first woman to receive ordination.
Sakyadhita's objectives are:
To establish an international alliance of Buddhist women
To advance the spiritual and secular welfare of the world's women
To work for gender equity in Buddhist education, training institutional structures, and ordination
To promote harmony and dialogue among the Buddhist traditions and other religions
To encourage research and publications on topics of interest to Buddhist women
To foster compassionate social action for the benefit of humanity
To promote world peace through the teachings of the Buddha
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo at the 13th Sakyadhita International Conference, 2013
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. We work to empower the world's 300 million Buddhist women to work for peace and social justice through local branches, the content we offer free of charge online, and through our biannual conferences.
This website provides information on Buddhist women and a forum for sharing research, ideas, and experiences. Working together Buddhist women are realizing their tremendous potential for social and spiritual transformation!
Since our beginning in 1987, we have been dedicated to fostering gender equity, scholarship, social networking, and harmony among Buddhist women. This tradition continues to unite dedicated practitioners and allies, and to encourage their work for the spiritual and secular well-being of the world.
Our publications are helping recover Buddhist women's history and document their lives and contributions. Published annually, the Sakyadhita newsletter keeps members up-to-date on events, publications, and new projects.
We support Buddhist women's initiatives to create education projects, retreat facilities, training centers, women's shelters, and local conferences and discussion groups. Buddhist women are acting from the grassroots level to create a positive impact on the world.