7 Powerful Women Who Influenced Modern Buddhism…

7 Powerful Women Who Influenced Modern Buddhism

In the realm of spirituality, it’s easy to forget that women have been an important influence. And yet we would lose so much great commentary and perspective without them.

Check out these women and what they have to say. I promise you’ll be grateful you did.

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Tenzin Palmo

At the age of 20, Ven. Tenzin Palmo left her home in London for India to pursue her spiritual path. There she met her guru, His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche and became one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. In 1976, seeking more seclusion and better conditions for practice she found a cave in the Himalayan Valley of Lahaul where she lived for 12 years, the last three in strict retreat. In 2000, she founded the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery to give young nuns of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage the opportunity to realize their intellectual and spiritual potential.

Sister Chan Khong

She’s best known as Thich Nhat Hanh’s invaluable collaborator, but Sister Chan Khong is also a dedicated activist and gifted teacher in her own right. Andrea Miller tells her extraordinary story.

Pema Chodron

Known around the world as a new age leader, Pema Chodron has written book after book on the subject of Buddhism. Her commentary is widely regarded as timeless spiritual wisdom.

Sharon Salzberg

Facing her suffering head-on has made Sharon Salzberg one of today’s most relatable Buddhist teachers. Lindsay Kyte talks to Salzberg about her difficult life’s journey, establishing loving-kindness as a key practice in American Buddhism, and how we can all find real happiness.

Ruth Denison

Ruth Denison, pioneer Buddhist teacher, died in February 2015 after forty years of inspired, innovative teaching.

Dipa Ma, “Mother of Light”

About Dipa Ma Barua, a Buddhist Master, teacher, mother, and grandmother. She was instrumental in bringing Vipassana meditation to the Western Buddhist community and encouraging practitioners that awakening was possible for anyone, at any time.

Khandro Rinpoche

She is demanding of her students and uncompromising about the dharma, and she is a rarity—a prominent Tibetan teacher who is a woman. Fascinating stuff!


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