Awards

Outstanding Women in Buddhism 2006

Bhikkhuni Gunasari

USA

On October 13, 2002 , Dr. Khin Swe Win, M.D., a retired medical physician in California , USA , became Samaneri Gunasari. She studied Buddhism from a young age, and aspired to become a Bhikkhuni in ...

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Bhikkhuni Sudhamma

USA

Bhikkhuni Sudhamma (born 1963) grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. After graduating from New York University School of Law, she practiced law in San Francisco for about one year, then became ...

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Bhikhuni Dhammarakkitta

Thailand

Bhikkhuni Dhammarakkita was the first Samaneri and subsequently Bhikkhuni ordained in The Kingdom of Thailand. Bhikkhuni Dhammarakkitta completed her formal adult education in Australia. After 9 years ...

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Bhiksuni Hui Kun

Taiwan

Bhiksuni Hui Kun experienced a spiritual awakening one day when visiting a terminally ill Buddhist nun. After 30 years as a Buddhist Bhiksuni her life took a new course. She learned all of the way ...

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Bhikkhuni Dhammamitta

Thailand

Bhikkhuni Dhammamitta was the first Theravada novice (Samaneri) and Bhikkhuni of the northeastern region of Thailand . She is a prominent daughter of the Buddha who is actively reviving the Bhikkhuni ...

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Bhikkhuni Tathaaloka

USA

Bhikkhuni Tathaaloka was born in Washington, DC in the 1960's to environmentally-minded scientist parents. In the midst of images of war and protest, fears of nuclear holocaust and environmental ...

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Bhikkhuni Supeshala

Sri Lanka

Bhikkhuni Halpandeniya Supeshala of Sri Bodhi Aramaya in Borupana, Rathmalana , Sri Lanka walks in the footsteps of Sanghamitta Theri. Educated in the Dhamma, a B.A. and now studying for her M.A. in ...

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Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Dechan Wangchuck

The Kingdom of Bhutan

Her Royal Highness, Princess Dechan Wangchuk, born in the Dechencholing Palace and educated in India and England , emanates truthfulness and integrity. Her Royal Highness donates generously to the ...

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Her Royol Highness Princess Neak Moneang Norodom Men Keo Moniren

The Kingdom of Cambodia

Her Royal Highness studied at the National Institute of Economics, Phnom Penh , Cambodia , and then worked for the national Cambodian Airline. In 1994 she met and married HRH Prince Norodom ...

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Maechee Sarocha Chaiyakate

Thailand

Maechee Sarocha Chaiyakate has lived a monastic life for 26 years. She is the abbess of the Kao Phra Maechee Dhamma Practice Center since 1988. She served on the committee of the Thai Maechee ...

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Maechee Rachada Amatayakul

Thailand

Maechee Rachada Amatayakul’s interest in Dhamma began at an early age and has continued throughout her life. She excelled in academics and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She ...

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Ruth Denison

USA

Ruth Denison (born 1922) was the first Buddhist teacher in the United States to lead an all women’s retreat for Buddhist meditation and instruction. Her center Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center is ...

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Dr. Emma Tomalin

United Kingdom

I am a lecturer in Religious Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom . I have a long-standing academic and personal interest in ...

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Dr. Suteera Vichitrada

Thailand

Dr. Suteera Vichitranonda is currently the President of the Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women and President of the Gender and Development Research Institute Foundation in Thailand. ...

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Dr. Amara Malila

Thailand

Dr. Amara Malila was born in Bangkok , Thailand in 1936. She graduated from Siriraj University of Medicine in 1959, and served as a government official in the Department of Medicine at the Ministry of ...

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Ouyporn Khuankaew

Thailand

Ouyporn Khuankaew of Chiang Mai is a gender and development specialist who has incorporated Buddhist philosophies of non-violence in her work. She has served on the advisory boards of numerous ...

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Jill Jameson

Australia

A life-long peace activist, Jill has been practicing Zen Buddhism for over twenty years as a student of Aitken Roshi and other teachers in the Diamond Sangha. She has been working with local ...

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Sandy Boucher

USA

Sandy Boucher of Oakland , California , U.S.A. , is a major spokeswoman for Western women involved in Buddhist practice. For twenty-five years, she has been active in the exploration of women’s ...

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