Bhikkhuni Dr. Nhu Nguyet (Nguyen Thi Thu Ha)


Bhikkhuni Dr. Nhu Nguyet escaped from her family at the age of 14 and took refuge in Hue Lam Temple in Ho Chi Minh City for the purpose of spiritual learning and cultivation.

She attended the College of Basic Buddhism 1989-1993, the first batch after Sai Gon’s independence. She continued onwards to the College of Advanced Buddhism and earned a B.A. in Buddhism in 1997. Next, she head to India to pursue a M.S. in Buddhist Studies, 1997-1999. Ultimately, she attained a Ph.D. from the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, India, with a doctoral dissertation entitled, The Origin and Development of the Bhikkhuni Sangha in Vietnam, 1999.

With heroic accomplishments in hand, in 2000 she established the Department of Western Buddhist History at Vietnam Buddhist University in Ho Chi Minh City, where she is a permanent lecturer and Vice-Head of the Bhikkhuni Dormitory.

Gifted in academics and administration, Bhikkhuni Dr. Nhu Nguyet is a member of the Executive Council of the Buddhist Sangha of Ho Chi Minh City and Chief Officer of the Bhikkhuni Sangha there. Nationally, she is a standing member of the Bhikkhuni Committee of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha and a member of the International Buddhist Committee.

Her books include:

Leading to Liberation, Ho Chi Minh City General Publishing House, 2012

Buddhism at the Grassroots, “ “ 2013

Compassion & Social Justice, “ “ 2015

Vietnamese Buddhist Women: Traditional & Modern, Ho Chi Minh City National University Publishing House, 2016

Hoa Dam Journal: The Voice of Vietnamese Buddhist Women, monthly publication, Nhan Dan Printing, Ho Chi Minh City, 2013 – present.

Some of her research papers include:

The Commitment of Buddhist Women in Vietnam through Social Charity

Highlights of Ben Tre Nuns

Recommendations for the Development of Buddhist Women

Education of Contemporary Vietnamese Nuns

The Polar Star among Vietnamese Nuns: Bhikkhuni Nhu Thanh (1911-1999)

Ho Chi Min City Nuns: Outstanding Achievements in International Exchange Today