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Teachings and practice-related articles
Verse and poetry
Book reviews
Academic and historical articles

Teachings and practice-related articles

Note:  These links have been reorganized.  Where the author has an ordained name, the last of these is read as a surname (except in the case of Khandro Rinpoche -- rinpoche is a title, not a name).  Strictly speaking this is not correct usage, but it does make organizing these articles a lot simpler for the webmaster and, I hope, for the reader.   Many of the newly posted articles by Theravadin teachers are from Steve's archive on The Vipassana Page, and these are specially indicated.

NEW - denotes teachings added since last update only (see the What's New page for details).

Anonymous (Women in the Pali Canon from Steve's Vipassana Page)
Tsultrim Allione
Karen Andrews
Madeline Ko-i Bastis
Charlotte Joko Beck
Michele Benzamin-Masuda
June Bianchi
Sylvia Boorstein
Sandy Boucher
Julia Cameron
Gyokuko Carlson-sensei (from the Stillpoint archive)
Melody Ermachild Chavis
  • Foreword to Finding Freedom: Writing From Death Row by Jarvis Jay Masters.  Incarcerated in San Quentin at the age of 19 for armed robbery, Jarvis Masters was accused four years later of participating in a conspiracy that resulted in the death of a prison guard. Masters' commitment to nonviolence leads him more and more into the role of peacemaker as he tries to put compassion into action.  This is Chavis's foreword to his extraordinary story.
Pema Chödrön
Ven. Thubten Chödron
Darlene Cohen
Betty Jiei Cole
Jiko Linda Cutts
H.H. the Dalai Lama
Dr. Lily de Silva
Swarna de Silva
Khandro Déchen (with Ngak'chang Rinpoche)
Ven. Sarika Dharma
Dorothy Figen
Natalie Goldberg
Narayan Liebenson Grady
Paula Green
Joan Jiko Halifax
Elizabeth J. Harris (from Steve's Vipassana Page)
Zenkei Blanche Hartman
Nancy Brown Hedgpeth, JDPSN
Sensei Sandra Jishu Angyo Holmes (1941-1998)
Susan Elbaum Jootla (from Steve's Vipassana Page
Khandro Rinpoche
Ven. Sangye Khandro
Sister Ayya Khema (mainly from Steve's Vipassana Page)
Sister Ayya Kheminda
Barbara Kohn
Cecilie Kwiat
Aung San Suu Kyi
Dr. Chung Ok Lee
Karen Levine
Bhikkhuni Lama Karma Sönam Lhadon
Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo
Lin Sen-shou
Dr. Friedgard Lottermoser
Shanti Loustaunou  and Lynn Hayes
  • NEW Judy's Boat, the story of a friend's dying, death and burial within the context of a loving Buddhist community
Michelle McDonald
Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane McLaughlin- Dobisz)
Vicki Mackenzie
Joanna Macy
Vicki Mandell-King
Rev. Patti Nakai
Wendy Egyoku Nakao
Upasika Kee Nanayon
(K. Khao-suan-luang)
Dr. Elizabeth K. Nottingham
Susan O'Brien
Mayumi Oda
Pat Enkyo O'Hara
Mikio Ohgushi
Toni Packer
Ven. Tenzin Palmo
Ngakma Nor'dzin Pamo
Pen, Paper and Mouse, Inc.
  • A personal look at nuns -- includes interviews with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) and Ven. Tenzin Konchog (Lena New) of the Amitabha Buddist Centre in Singapore, as well as Sister Josephine Sim of the Canossian Sisters Order in Singapore.
Grazyna Perl, JDPSN
Taitaku Pat Phelan
Caitríona Reed
Barbara Rhodes (Seong Hyang), from the Primary Point online archive
Julie Rogers
Bonni Ross
Sharon Salzberg
Lama Inge Sandvoss
Anne Seisen Saunders
Petra Schaumberg
Kathy Schultz
Dianne Soshin Shainberg
Dr. Brenda Shoshanna
Sister Sirapanna
Eileen Siriwardhana
Karen Sokyo Swallow-Hagen (from the Stillpoint archive)
Kwang Myong Sunim, JDPS
Donna-Marie Terranova
Katherine Thanas
Dr. Thynn Thynn (from Steve's Vipassana Page)
Sallie Jiko Tisdale (from the Stillpoint archive)
  • NEW After a Millennium, World Buddhists Affirm Equality for Women.  February 15, 1998 marked the first time ever in Buddhism’s history that Buddhists representing diverse traditions and schools from around the world joined together for a truly international and ecumenical ordination. It was especially significant because it was a joint effort by Buddhist leaders to re-establish the order of nuns in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, and India, where no women had been ordained as a nun for over eight centuries....
D. Amarasiri Weeraratne
Karen Kissel Wegela
  • NEW Visit psychologist Karen Kissel Wegela's webpage in the Shambhala Sun online archive to read all her dharma advice columns (there are currently 13).
Arinna Weisman
Cathleen Williams
Carol Wilson
Lama Zopa Rinpoche (from the FPMT teachings archive)


Woman interviewed Title Author or source
Sharon Salzberg, Barbara Rhodes, Judith Simmer-Brown and Pat O'Hara NEW Women's Liberation Melvin McLeod, Shambhala Sun
Helena Norberg-Hodge NEW Rethinking Development David Barsamian
Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh NEW Helping the Daughters of Buddha Monte Leach for Share International
Myoshin Kelley NEW Finding Our Place Insight Magazine
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo NEW What's the Relationship between Emptiness and Beautiful Nails? Andrew Cohen, What is Enlightement?
Venerable Tenzin Palmo NEW Nun spent 12 years in a cave to find enlightenment Jacqueline Wong, DetNews.com
Sharda Rogell NEW Seeing the Truth of Freedom Insight Magazine
Miranda Shaw NEW Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Tantra (But Were Afraid to Ask) Craig Hamilton, What is Enlightement?
Helen Tworkov NEW Is Buddhism Surviving America? Amy Edelstein, What is Enlightement?
Maya Angelou and bell hooks There's No Place to Go but Up Maya Angelou & bell hooks, Shambhala Sun
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi You could start by convincing a friend Shambhala Sun
Martine and Stephen Batchelor Very Good Dharma Friends Insight Magazine
Sylvia Boorstein Sylvia Boorstein: Meditation and Spirituality Catharine Reeve (from Steve's Vipassana Page)
Lama Yeshe Wangmo Their spiritual journey is my spiritual journey (on the experience of working with Death Row inmates)
Ruth Denison Bowing to Life Deeply Insight Magazine
Joan Halifax Joan Halifax and Her Robe of Many Tears Stephen Foehr, Shambhala Sun
Bernie Glassman Roshi and Sensei Jishu Holmes Bernie Glassman's Excellent Adventure Shambhala Sun
bell hooks An Intimate Conversation John Perry Barlow, Shambhala Sun
Pema Chödrön When Things Fall Apart bell hooks, Shambhala Sun
Cecilie Kwiat Women in Western Buddhism Julia Milton (webmaster of WAiB)
Kamala Masters and Steve Armstrong Sharing a Vision of Practice Insight Magazine
Sharon Salzberg The Dharma of Liberation Tricycle
Venerable Tenzin Palmo Tenzin Palmo is watering the nuns Lesley Marian Neilsen, Ascent Magazine
Alice Walker and Sharon Salzberg A Wind Through the Heart Alice Walker & Sharon Salzberg, Shambhala Sun

Verse and poetry

Ellen Hynson My Cat, Mitzi, Hears the Ten Pure Precepts Read Aloud
Cecilie Kwiat Signal Fires in Bolivia
Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo Selected poetry and songs
Joanna Macy Bestiary
Miranda Shaw (translator) Three Tantric Buddhist women's songs
The first nuns of the Buddhist tradition Selections from the Therigata (Verses of the Female Elders), from Steve's Vipassana women's page

Book reviews

Book under review The book's author Author or source of review
Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes Karma Lekshe Tsomo (ed.) Enid Adam for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature Liz Wilson Tessa Bartholomeusz for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Spirited Women: Gender, Religion, & Cultural Identity in the Nepal Himalaya Joanne C. Watkins Karen C. Lang for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Traveler in Space: In Search of Female Identity in Tibetan Buddhism June Campbell Karen C. Lang for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Nothing Special: Living Zen Charlotte Joko Beck Fumyo Mishaga for StillPoint
Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism Miranda Shaw Roy W. Perrett for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Walking on Lotus Flowers, Buddhist Women Living, Loving and Meditating Martine Batchelor Sylvia Wetzel for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Women Under the Bo Tree: Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka Tessa Bartholomeusz Kate Blackstone for the Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Academic and historical articles

Title Author Description
The Position of Women in Buddhism Dr. (Mrs.) L.S. Dewaraja A look at the historical role and position of women in Buddhist countries in Asia.
The Dignified Position of Woman in Religion and Society (as seen through Buddhism) Venerable Professor Dhammavihari (See title.)
Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha Hellmuth Hecker Stories and poems about and by early Buddhist women: Bhikkhuni Sujata, Queen Mallika, Khema, Bhadda Kundalakesa (the former Jain Ascetic), Kisa Gotami (the mother with the dead child), Sona, Nanda (the half-sister of the Awakened One), Queen Samavati, Patacara, and last the Buddha's words to King Pasenadi on Queen Mallika's death.
Inspiration from Enlightened Nuns by Susan Elbaum Jootla In this [article] we will be exploring poems composed by the Arahat bhikkhunis or enlightened Buddhist nuns of old, looking at these poems as springs of inspiration for contemporary Buddhists.
Women in Buddhism Gary Ray and Jeffrey Macko An historical overview of women's position and role within Buddhism.
Conventional Women, Ultimate Woman: Gender, Nonduality, and the Goddess Jamie Hubbard Gassho Newsletter includes this article 1/3 of the way through the document.  Note: you must download the article and then open it.
Presence with a Difference: Buddhists and Feminists on Subjectivity Anne C. Klein Gassho Newsletter (1/2 way down the page).

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