14th Sakyadhita International Conference

14th Sakyadhita International Conference for Buddhist Women


Call for
Workshops, Short Films, & PowerPoint Presentations

14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
June 23-30, 2015

"Compassion and Social Justice"

Buddhist women have made many contributions to the spiritual and social lives of their communities. Nevertheless, Buddhist women are frequently excluded from the processes that shape their communities, such as negotiations among governments, scholars, religious leaders, and social structures. Decision makers and social justice movements may be unfamiliar with Buddhist women's contributions, while Buddhist women may remain disconnected from the larger issues that affect their daily lives. The 14th Sakyadhita Conference will be an opportunity to dialogue about creating better connections and to explore how compassion and spiritual development can help shape a more just and peaceful world.

Proposals are being accepted for workshops, short films, and PowerPoint presentations on the topics listed below, related to women and Buddhism.

Proposals (250-500 words in length) should be submitted by July 15, 2014, upon which a notification of acceptance will be sent from the committee. Final descriptions are due by August 15, 2014, for translation into various languages.

Proposals should include sender's name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. All proposals must be the original, unpublished work of the presenters.

Workshop & Presentation Ideas

  • Diversity & Multiculturalism
  • Religious Diversity in Harmony
  • Trans-Buddhist Dialogue
  • The Globalization of Buddhism
  • Religion in a Secular World


  • Understanding Indonesia
  • Pioneering Indonesian Buddhist Women
  • The Buddhism of Borobudur
  • Compassion & Javanese Artistic Traditions
  • Buddhism in Java
  • Buddhism & Social Justice
  • Glass Ceilings: Buddhist Women at Work
  • Bhikkhuni Ordination: Benefits & Barriers
  • Equality, Respect & Lay/Monastic Relations
  • Women, Religion & Law
  • Buddhism & the Rights of the Child
  • The Future of Buddhist Feminism


  • Creating a Compassionate Society
  • Feminism as Compassionate Activism
  • In the Spirit of Compassion
  • Ecological Compassion for Sentient & Non-Sentient Beings
  • Privilege & Compassion
  • Compassion in Buddhist Art
  • Compassion & Inner Transformation


  • Buddhism & Economic Justice
  • What Does a Compassionate Corporation Look Like?
  • Buddhist Women & Economics
  • Global Economic Inequalities & Their Impact on Women & Children
  • Creating a Compassionate Economy
  • Dharma in Daily Life
  • Cutting through Illusions & Obstacles
  • Buddhism & Compassionate Healing
  • Compassion in the Workplace
  • Buddhism & Compassionate Dying
  • Women Translating the Dharma
  • Buddhism & Women's Bodies

Workshop & Presentation Ideas Continued

  • Buddhism & Personal Development
  • Self-Perception, Self-Knowledge
  • Managing Affection & Attachment
  • Health, Beauty & Youth
  • Buddhist Tips for Human Relationships
  • Compassion & the Psychology of Self-Esteem
  • Buddhist Traditions of Meditation


  • Experiencing Indonesia
  • The Art of Borobodur
  • Javanese Music Workshop
  • The Ecology of Java
  • Nature in Javanese Fabrics


  • Compassion for the Earth & Sentient Creatures
  • Dealing with Wealth & Poverty
  • Buddhism & Climate Change
  • Protecting the Earth; Protecting the Heart
  • Sustainable Compassion


  • Everyday Dharma
  • Dharma Education for Youngsters
  • Practical Buddhist Concepts
  • Education in Daily Life
  • Skillful Negotiations: Individuals & Groups


  • New Directions
  • Self-Exploration through Yoga & Painting
  • Sharing Experiences: Monastery and
  • Buddhist Lay Life
  • Buddhist Women in Action
  • Buddhist Women as Artists: Dance, Song, Chant
  • Women Writing Buddhism
  • Creating Your Own Compassion Mandala
  • Buddhist Women & Leadership


Further suggestions are welcome!


Sakyadhita encourages diversity and creativity. We welcome proposals from presenters of any gender, nationality, or status. Proposals for short films and PowerPoint slide shows (10-15 minutes in length) related to women in Buddhism.

Send proposals to us at this address to be received by July 15, 2014.
All speakers and workshop presenters must register for the conference. Any requests for special dates for presentations must be included with the proposal.

Sponsorship is available for participants from developing countries who have never attended a Sakyadhita conference. For an application form, email us at this address. Applications must be received by June 1, 2014. We regret that conference funding is limited and sponsorship depends on donations received.

Call to Action!
We invite you to participate in innovative ways. For example, please share with us your ideas for holding mindful movement sessions (stretching, qigong, yoga, t'ai chi/taiqi, and so on) during the conference. We welcome volunteer movement coordinators to help organize these activities!


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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