“One of the principal aspirations for the founding of Sakyadhita was to raise the awareness of women’s contribution in Buddhism which has been overlooked for so many centuries. In the following years many Sakyadhita conferences have been held in various Buddhist countries and gradually the important role of both monastic and lay women is beginning to be recognised and addressed.
Recently I was requested to assume the role of president for this unique organisation and I accepted, mainly because I believe so strongly in its aims. Having lived for half a century in a traditional Buddhist environment it is obvious that the important place that women should hold in the Dharma has been sadly overlooked and under-appreciated.
Buddhism is about waking up – and right now we urgently need to wake up to the vital role that women must play in propagating and upholding the Dharma in the modern world through their study, practice and social outreach. Our potential is enormous but we ourselves must believe in it and encourage others likewise.
My sincere hope is that women and men may learn to put aside their inherited gender biases and together realise and uphold the precious Buddhadharma for the sake of all beings and the future generations.”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
The Next Sakyadhita Conference: Hong Kong June 22-28, 2017
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