Sunday, 29 July 2007

1st International Congress on Buddhist Women’s Role in the Sangha

Four of the nuns from Lerab Ling's monastic community have just returned from Germany, where they took part in a conference for Buddhist nuns which was attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The 1st International Congress on Buddhist Women’s Role in the Sangha: Bhikshuni Vinaya and Ordination Lineages was held at the University of Hamburg from 18-20 July. Its main purpose was to discuss how Bhikshuni ordination, full ordination for nuns, could be introduced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Lerab Ling's nine nuns have all taken Getsulma vows, the basic ordination, but several of them would like to take Bhikshuni ordination, which is mainly confined to the Chinese Dharmagupta tradition.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave the keynote address on the final day of the congress, voicing his support for research and discussions to continue with a view to introducing full ordination in the Tibetan tradition in the future.

His Holiness is pictured above with leading monks, nuns and scholars from Buddhist schools of Tibet, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Korea, Burma and Thailand, all of whom took part in a panel discussion.

For more information on the International Congress, click here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see His Holiness make this statement at last. He has long had sympathy with the situation of our sisters in the monastic community. I have so much admiration for, and gratitude to the nuns in the Rigpa sangha and rejoice in their dedication. This news must gladden the hearts of all nuns in Tibetan Buddhism!