Bhikkunis in Theravadin Buddhism
Jacqueline Kramer, Author of Buddha-Mom
Original date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
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As Buddhism comes to the west we are becoming familiar with saffron robed monks. But where are the female monks? Many people in the west are not aware of the situation for women wishing to ordain as a Buddhist monastic, or Bhikkhuni. In this presentation we will take a look at the history of the Bhikkhuni order and where it stands today in Asia and in the West.
Jacqueline Kramer, author of Buddha Mom-the Path of Mindful Mothering and 10 Spiritual Practices for Busy Parents, has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 30 years. Her root training is in Sri Lankan Theravadin Buddhism. In 2008 Jacqueline received the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award at the U.N. day for women in Thailand for her work teaching Buddhism to mothers. She is the director of the Hearth Foundation www.hearthfoundation.net , which offers online lay Buddhist practice classes designed for families, a monthly newsletter and other resources for mothers seeking spiritual support. Hearth has students from Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Europe, the US, Canada and throughout the world.
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