Awards

Outstanding Women in Buddhism 2019

Bhikkhuni Vimala

Thailand

Bhikkhuni Vimala was born in 1964 in Thailand, married and bore children. She departed her family life to become a Maechee, and then as a Thilashin, a nun in the Burmese tradition, followed by ordaini ...

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Governor Benjawan Anpruang

Thailand

Governor Benjawan Anpruang is an extraordinary leader! Born in 1954 to Tongbai and Prasert Anpruang, Benjawan Anpruang attended Jankapau and Samkok Elementary Schools, then Kanaradbamruang Girls’ High ...

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Tsewang Dolma

India

Tsewang Dolma is the Principal of the Mahabodhi Residential School in Ladakh, India. One of the students in the first batch to attend this school, she received Venerable Sanghasena’s help and cultivat ...

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Shova Shakya

Nepal

Shova Shakya, born in 1963 in Lalitpur, Nepal to Taradevi Shakya and Bahadur Shakya, is a descendant of the Shakya family lineage. She was raised in a middle class, Buddhist family where they practice ...

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Her Excellency Buntha Nhek

Cambodia

H.E. Buntha Nhek was born in 1953 and attended school in Battambang Province. During the Pol Pot regime, from 1975 to 1979, she worked as a farmer. It was a difficult period in Cambodian history and ...

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Dr. Sreedharan Sobhana

India

Wife of 1. Mother of 2. Master and Spiritual Healer of many. Master Sobhana chooses to ride with time in life, and knows that her work on earth will continue after she departs. Born the 6th of 9 c ...

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Bhikkhuni Yen Ding

Taiwan

Born on March 1, 1951, Venerable Bhikkhuni Yen Ding earned her Nursing degree at Corning Nursing School, and her Buddhist degree at Kaiyan Zen College. From the stillness of a silent bright mind, she ...

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Eido Frances Carney

USA

Eido Frances Carney received DharmaTransmission from Niho Tetsumei Roshi in 1997 at Entsuji in Kurashiki, Japan.  She founded Olympia Zen Center in 1995 when she returned to Olympia after priest traini ...

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Pranee Nakon

Thailand

Pranee Nakon is a master teacher, an expert in the profession of high school education and Dhamma education. Born in Nakorn Si Thammarat, Thailand in 1953, to her mother, Tieb Mohchareon and her fathe ...

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Bhikkhuni Xin Guang

Taiwan

Bhikkhuni Xin Guang is the former-Abbess of Qian Guang Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Ordained for 60 years, she has brought livelihood and joy to the hearts of many via cultural arts, in particular the ...

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Sulekha Kumbhare

India

Attorney Sulekha Kumbhare is a Member of the National Minority Commission of India. She earned her Bachelor’s of Law Degree at Nagpur Vidyapith. Impressed by her father’s commitment to the human rig ...

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Xiaoli Wu

China

Xiaoli Wu is the founder of LeMan Tu, dedicated to the promotion of clay art and helping disabled people to make a living. She has empowered the differently-abled in her province and been awarded acco ...

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Bhikkhuni Phalanani

Germany

Bhikkhuni Phalanani is the Abbess of Anenja Vihara, in Rettenberg, Germany. Her Buddhist journey began in 1982 when she attended a Zen retreat. By 2007 she considered ordaining and in 2008 her dream ...

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Dr. Tsung-Yueh Chang

Taiwan

Dr. Tsung-Yueh Chang was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1957. Currently, she is a TV media CEO, and university professor in China and Taiwan. Dr. Tsung-Yueh Chang states, “May I be born a Buddhist life af ...

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Bhikkhuni Sheng Hua

Taiwan

Bhikkhuni Sheng Hua was born in Changhua, Taiwan in 1955 and was given the name Zhuang Liangshu. When she was young, her family was extremely poor. Her father was a miner, and her family lived in a d ...

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Maechee Juntima Thepraksa

Thailand

Maechee Juntima Thepraksa is working to Create the World Via Children, in particular, young nuns. Born on October 13, 1953, she ordained (age 39) at Kong Karam Temple in Chachoengsao. She graduated f ...

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Hsueh-Yu Liu Wang

Taiwan

Born on December 20, 1953, Hsueh-Yu Liu Wang developed the characteristics of being unwavering, pragmatic and industrious early in life as she was born into a rustic farming family in Yunlin County, Ta ...

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