Awards

Outstanding Women in Buddhism 2009

Bhikkhuni Nantayani

Thailand

Bhikkhuni Nantayani is the Abess of Nirotharam Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her women’s only environment is full of Bhikkhunis and Samaneris who have developed loving-kindness and compassion. She ...

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Bhikkhuni Dr. Pannavati

USA

Bhikkhuni Dr. Pannavati, USA, Co-Abbot, spiritual director and founder of the Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and Abbess of Zuan Fa Temple is an American Buddhist monk, ordained in both the Theravada ...

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Maechee Brigitte Schrottenbacher

Austria

In April 1989 Brigitte Schrottenbacher went to her first meditation retreat in Thailand. During two months of intensive practice she gained some insight into the unsatisfactory, impermanent and non- ...

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Dhamma Moli Project

Nepal

The Dhammamoli Project can be seen at: www.dhammamoli.org. It receives Nepalese girls into the women’s monastery for training and education. The girls are at risk as their parents might sell them ...

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Bhikkhuni Poonsirivara

Thailand - USA

Independent and adventurous aptly describe Bhikkhuni Poosirivara who after graduating from Thammasat University in Thailand went on the USA to work and study for her Master’s Degree. Eventually, she ...

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Lama Tsultrim Allione

USA

Tsultrim Allione, M.A., was one of the first American women to be ordained as a Tibetan nun in 1970 by the 16th Karmapa. She is the author of Women of Wisdom, a groundbreaking book on the lives of ...

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Dr. Charika Marasinghe

Sri Lanka

Dr. Charika Marasinghe holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a Master of Letters and a Doctorate in Law from Oxford University, United Kingdom, specializing in ...

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Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts

USA

Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Joan is a full-time psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City and Montclair, ...

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Carol Gansho O'Dowd

USA

A 56-year old wife, mother and city manager decided to change her life. Now, her ordained name, Gansho, means constantly learning. How does she as a Western, caucasian, female teacher fare in an ...

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Bhikkhuni Dhamma Dana

Taiwan-Cambodia

Bhikkhuni Dhamma Dana is the Founder and Abbess of Panna Vihara, which is located outside of Phenom Penh, Cambodia. In residence are 13 Bhikkhunis, 11 Samaneris and 10-20 lay people. Their meditati ...

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Maechee Chuejai Pathumnan

Thailand

Maechee Chuejai Pathumnan was born on July 22, 1962 in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. A maechee for 25 years she practices and teaches vipassana meditation. Maechee Chuejai Pathumnan holds a Bachelor’s ...

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Maechee Nalinrat Suttithamvith

Thailand

Maechee Nalinrat Sutthithamvith’s goal in life is to promote the continuation of Buddhism. This continuation of Buddhism she encourages through development of the human heart. A nun of 38 years, ...

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Rinchen Khando Choegyal

India

Rinchen Khando Cheogyal was born in Tibet and has lived in exile since the 1960’s. She has dedicated herself to the Tibetan cause and has traveled throughout the world, advocating the preservation of ...

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Bhiksuni Chao-hwei Shih

Burma - Taiwan

Bhiksuni Chao-hwei Shih was born in Yangon City, Burma in 1965. She moved to Taiwan when she was 8 years old. She completed high school with honors and was the valedictorian of her class. She ...

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Maha Pajapati College

Thailand

Maha Pajapati was the first Bhikkhuni of Buddhism. After 300 years of Maechees in Thailand, now the role and status of Maechees is beginning to improve greatly as women now have access to higher ...

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Dr. Krisadawan Hongladarom

Thailand

Associate Professor Dr. Krisadawan Hongladarom is an expert on Tibet, having authored numerous articles, papers, monographs and books. Also, her research on Tibetan Linguistics and the Anthropology of ...

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Dr. Janice Willis

USA

Dr. Janice Willis is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University, USA. One of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, Willis has published numerous essays and articles on ...

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Susan Pembroke

USA

Susan Pembroke works as a psychotherapist and is also the founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation of Ventura, California, USA. When she teaches vipassana meditation she does so without any ...

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Oddom Van Syvorn

Cambodia

Oddom Van Syvorn is a Cambodian peace activist, meditation teacher and peace educator of great commitment over many years. Syvorn has worked on the Cambodian Dhammayietra (peace walk) since 1994, ...

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Rosana Tositrakul

Thailand

Senator Rosana Tositrakul serves Thai society through her sincerity, bravery and excellent example for Thai women. She notes that practicing Buddhism is not only about philosophy or doing meditation; ...

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