Awards

Outstanding Women in Buddhism 2012

Bhikkhuni Santacitta

Austria

Bhikkhuni Santacitta is 53 years old (born 1958), and a Buddhist monastic specializing in meditation and Dhamma propagation for over 20 years. Her years as a laywoman included training in hotel ...

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Bhiksuni Ming-jia

Taiwan

Venerable Bhiksuni Ming-Jia was born on June 20, 1951 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. At the age of 15, she became a lay Buddhist with Venerable Chan Yun, studied with Venerable Bhiksuni Jing Kong and late ...

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Bhikkhuni Suannani

Thailand

Venerable Bhikkhuni Suananni was born in 1944. She holds a B.S. in Education from Bicol University, Philippines and a M.A. in Education from the University of Philippines. She also holds a ...

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Choela (Samaneri) Tenzin Dadon

Bhutan

Choela (honorific term for nun) Sonam Wangmo (Tenzin Dadon) is a sramaneri from Bhutan who practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Venerable holds a Bachelors Degree in Arts (B.A) and BA in ...

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Maechee Chavewan Smith

USA

Thailand

Maechee Chaweevan, age 72, graduated from Phranakon Commercial School, and worked as a government employee for the Highways Department. She travelled to the USA. She studied computers. She studied ...

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Sabine Hayoz-Kalff

Switzerland

Sabine Hayoz-Kalff is a teacher of expression through painting, and an art therapist who works with individuals and groups in her studio in Zollikon, Switzerland. She trained in expressive art with ...

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Dr. Jenny Phillips

USA

Dr. Jenny Phillips is a cultural anthropologist, filmmaker, writer, and psychotherapist. For the past twenty years, Phillips has provided mental health services in a medical center in Concord, MA. ...

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Atchara Sirimaha

Thailand

Atchara Sirimaha is 64 years old and a retired, government-school teacher. She earned her B.A. in Education from Rajapat University in Chantaburi Province. After she retired, she began an active ...

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Her Excellency Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand

The Most Esteemed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was born on June 21, 1967, assumed the Prime Ministership of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand on July 3, 2011. She is Thailand’s 28th Prime Minister ...

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Nittaya Laksanavisit

Thailand

Nittaya Laksanavisit was born in 1942 in Kanchanaburi province. She received an honorary B.A. degree and M.A. degree in Food Science from Rajapat University, Thonburi campus and Rajamonkol University, ...

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Dr. Hema Goonatilake

Sri Lanka

Dr. Hema Goonatilake received her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has served as a gender expert at the United Nations, New York and ...

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Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong

Thailand

Dr. Rosukhon Poompanvong practices alternative medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and self-help medicine. She also teaches Dhamma. She was born in Suphanburi Province in 1956. She ...

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