June 2nd, 2010

“Buddhism and Gender” by Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo


Talk on “Buddhism and Gender” by Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Start Time: Sunday, June 6 at 7:00pm
End Time: Sunday, June 6 at 10:00pm
Where: Poh Ming Tse Temple, Level 3

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*Registration required through email at pmt@pmt.org.sg

About the talk

Gender is an central component of human identity and affects the lives of human beings in important ways. In this talk, Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo will speak about gender attitudes in Buddhist societies and how they affect people’s lives, with special attention to the lives of women.

About Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, where she teaches Buddhism, World Religions, and Comparative Religious Ethics. She studied Buddhism in Dharamsala, India, for 15 years and received a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Hawai`i, with research on death and identity in China and Tibet.

She is president of Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women and director of Jamyang Foundation, an initiative to provide educational opportunities for women in developing countries.

Her research interests include death and dying, Buddhism and bioethics, Buddhist feminist ethics, peace studies, and Western adaptations of Buddhism. Her publications include Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women; Buddhist Women and Social Justice; Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream; and Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhist, Bioethics, and Death.

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  1. […] A feminist Buddhist Venerable gave a talk on Buddhism and Gender at the Poh Ming Tse recently, and she pointed out how in various cultures and religions, the sacred tends to transcend gender. Think about how nuns, monks, priests, priestesses are intentionally asexualized. At least in their ideals (we have heard enough of the actual practices, yes).  In Indian American culture, some tribes had  4 genders, where ‘Shaman’ is a gender of its own. […]