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Karmapa announces plans to empower female Buddhist practitioners

Update: 18/09/2016
Via the Karmapa Office of Administration in Delhi, India: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has announced plans to create a monastic college for Buddhist women as part of his ongoing efforts to educate and empower female Buddhist practitioners from the Himalayan region. The announcement came during the 3rd Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering in Bodhgaya, an annual three-week event that the Karmapa established in 2013.
 

Karmapa announces plans to empower female Buddhist practitioners

 

Noting tremendous\r\nimprovement in the nuns’ study and debate skills, and a visible increase in\r\ntheir confidence, the Karmapa said, “Nuns are future holders of the\r\nBuddhadharma. This education will help prepare you to fulfill that great\r\nresponsibility.”

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The Karmapa outlined the\r\nrigorous scholarly education that will be offered to nuns in the school of\r\nTibetan Buddhism that he heads, the Karma Kagyu. The backbone of the curriculum\r\nwill be five major Indian philosophical treatises (shastras), based on a\r\nseries of rare commentarial texts that have recently been rediscovered in his\r\nDharma lineage. The planned monastic college will offer educational\r\nopportunities to laywomen as well as to Buddhist nuns.

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In presenting planned\r\nsteps to increase the intensity of the nuns’ scholarly training and debate\r\nskills, the Karmapa told them, “I believe you are ready.”

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The event, which has\r\njust concluded, included daily discourses by the Karmapa himself especially for\r\nnuns, intensive study and formal debate sessions, as well as special pujas and\r\nmeditative practices. To encourage the nuns, the Karmapa himself composed asadhana(liturgical\r\ntext) for the flourishing of the nuns’ Dharma, which he performed with them on\r\nthe final day of the gathering.

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Over 400 nuns from\r\nnunneries across the Himalayas attended the Dharma gathering. The Dharma\r\ndiscourses and other events were attended by nearly a thousand people daily,\r\nwith thousands more watching live webcasts.

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As head of the\r\n900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 17th\r\nKarmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At\r\nthe age of fourteen, he has gone from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness\r\nthe Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. He recently announced plans to\r\nestablish full ordination for qualified female practitioners. His emphasis on\r\nformal education for nuns is foundational to this noble aim.

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Visit the official website of the 17th Gyalwang\r\nKarmapafor more\r\ninformation on the Karmapa’s Winter Program in Bodhgaya.

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