Awards

Outstanding Women in Buddhism 2008

Bhiksuni Jian Yin

Taiwan

Bhiksuni Jian-Yin was born in 1960 in Taizhong, Taiwan. In 1991, she was ordained by Venerable Master Wei Chueh at the Wanli Ling Quan Monastery in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1993, she had higher ordination ...

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Bhiksuni Dr. Myeong Seong

Korea

Dean of Unmun Sangha College & Unmun Sangha Graduate School Cheongdo, South Korea Bhiksuni Dr. Myeong Seong has been an inspiration to Korean nuns and lay women Buddhists since her ordination in 1952 ...

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Bhikkhuni Mudita Teresa

Germany

Bhikkhuni Mudita is a gentle and peaceful woman. Her compassion she has extended as a school teacher for blind children, deaf children and as a counselor for troubled boys, boys in street gangs and ...

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Bhiksuni Pema Chodron

USA

Ani Pema Chodron was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught ...

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Ajahn Anandabodhi

United Kingdom

Ajahn Anandabodhi was born in Wales, United Kingdom in 1968. She first came across the Four Noble Truths while still at school, and a confidence in the Buddha’s teachings sparked in her heart. She ...

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Bhikhuni Silananda

Thailand

I was born on June 2, 1972 in Bangkok, Thailand. I have four siblings. My mother’s name is Supatra and she is excellent at sewing. She also has many friends. My father is an herbal doctor. He has ...

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Reverend Patricia Dai-En Bennage

USA

Reverend Patricia Dai-En Bennage is the Abbess of Mt. Equity Zendo in Pennsdale, Pennsylvania, USA. She became a student of Buddhism in 1958 after reading A Manual of Zen by D.T. Suzuki. ...

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Bhiksuni Wei Chun

Taiwan

Bhiksuni Wei Chun, under the tutelage of Vinaya Master Venerable Guang Hua, first took the Samaneri and Siksamana ordinations at Dakinava Temple in 1981. She then went to Lin Chi Monastery to obtain ...

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Maechee Pimjai Maneerat

Thailand

My worldly education has not been very much; yet, my Dhamma education has already spanned 17 years as a Maechee. At first when I ordained, I thought that it would be for a short period of time. ...

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Maechee Waree Chuethasanaprasit

Thailand

A leader of the Maechee Movement, Maechee Waree Chuethasanaprasit has been ordained as a Maechee for 42 years. Maechee Waree has empowered countless women to become Dhamma teachers, social workers, ...

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Angoon Wongchareon

Thailand

Thai Red Cross Nurse Angoon Wongcharoen has for 16 years been coordinating disaster management and assisting victims of natural disasters in the 12 southern provinces of Thailand, including the Thai ...

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Dr. Li Hua Yang

Taiwan

As a Dhamma teacher, psychiatrist and acupuncture doctor, Dr. Li Hua Yang of Taiwan nurtures goodness, kindness, compassion, joy and giving in herself and others. Dr. Li Hua Yang was born in ...

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Sylvia Wetzel

Germany

As a young woman at University she studied Russian and Politics. She taught German as a second language, and taught politics to school children. Then Sylvia Wetzel began her studies in Tibetan ...

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Sikkhamat Phussadi

Thailand

Sikkhamat Phussadi is 83 years old. She was born on September 1, 1925 in Samut Prakan. She graduated from the Women’s Vocational College. She worked as a coordinator between the police department, ...

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Orasom Sutisakorn

Thailand

Orasom Sutisakorn was born on November 27, 1957 into a farming family in Jantaburi, Thailand. At the age of 9 she had a dream that she would one day become a writer. At the age of 18, she began ...

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Reverend Beth Kanji Goldring

USA

Reverend Beth Kanji Goldring was born in the United States. Prior to her ordination she worked as a university teacher of humanities (1973-82) and in human rights both in the United States and in the ...

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Dr. Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan

Thailand

Dr. Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan graduated from Mahidol University Medical School, and worked at Puttachinnarat Hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital, and now serves as the Acting-Director of the Ministry of ...

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Senator Tuenjai Kunchon Na Ayuthaya Deetaet

Thailand

Tuenjai is a writer, very small, gentle, a lady and very strong. She was born in the capital of Thailand, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University. Tuenjai decided ...

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Nobuko Ono

Japan

I was born on October 11, 1943 and graduated from Nagasaki Prefecture Women’s College in English Literature in 1964. From that time onwards, I began to teach English at several junior high schools. ...

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Jacqueline Kramer

USA

Jacqueline Kramer has been studying and practicing Theravada Buddhism for 30 years. Her root teacher is Anagarika Dhammadinna who taught in the Sri Lankan tradition. She also studied with Venerable ...

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