17th Sakyadhita Conference Announcement

15th Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women

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More than 800 people from 31 countries
attended the 15th Sakyadhita Conference
at the University of Hong Kong, June 22 through
28, 2017.

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Women in Buddhism:
Unity & Diversity


Buddhist women offer a wide variety of practices, traditions, cultures, philosophies, and lifestyles. Sakyadhita unites women in one of the world's oldest religions, and how that can be expanded.

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Sakyadhita Newsletters

Sakyadhita Newsletter Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter 2012


The Sakyadhita newsletter contains information on our international conferences, articles, reviews of recently published books, and more. All articles are written on a volunteer basis.

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Sakyadhita: A Beacon of Inspiration

by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Sakyadhita Executive Committee-2021.

In 2014, I was elected as the president of Sakyadhita. Since I had been associated with Sakyadhita for many years and had already attended several Sakyadhita conferences, I was honored to be chosen to represent this unique and esteemed international association of Buddhist women.

After the Hong Kong conference, in June 2017, several Asian groups suggested the possibility of holding the next conference in a non-Buddhist country to see what the Dharma looked like in the West. Sakyadhita Australia kindly agreed to help us host the event. We quickly assembled a small team with our vice president, Eun-su Cho from Korea, former president Christie Chang from Taiwan, Yeo May Ling from Singapore as treasurer, and Ven. Aileen Barry from India as secretary, plus myself as president. Later we also engaged Lynn Bain in Sydney, who had already organized a number of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visits to Australia.

For the first time, I was closely involved in setting up a Sakyadhita conference with all the endless decisions that had to be made. Thank heaven for Zoom! Although the organizers lived in various countries, we managed to put together a conference in the Blue Mountains that was highly successful and enjoyed by over 800 Buddhist women, both monastic and lay, from all traditions. That is the wonder that is Sakyadhita!

Now, it is time to pass on this position as president – with the hope that our future Sakyadhita presidents will bring a clear vision and direction to the role. With their dedication, Sakyadhita will continue to be a beacon of inspiration for countless Buddhist women around the world.

Photo Right: L to R: Ven Aileen Barry, Christie Yuling Chang, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Eun-su Cho, May Ling Yeo.

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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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