Electronic Journal from Sakyadhita USA


15th Sakyadhita International Conference

on Buddhist Women | Hong Kong | June 22-28, 2017


Sakyadhita USA Conference on "Diversity in the Dharma"

April 1, 2017  | University of the West, Rosemead, CA

photo by Phil Hardy,

Myokei Caine Barrett, Shonin

Is the first and current resident priest of Myoken Temple in Houston. Shonin translates as "religious leader/teacher." It is a term unique to Japanese Buddhism, similar to the term Sensei (teacher) or Roshi (Zen master).


Below is an excerpt from Shonin's biography:


On June 30, 2007, Myokei Lynda Caine-Barrett, Shonin, became the first American woman to complete Shingyo Dojo, at the training monastery of Nichiren Shu. She was also the first woman of African-Japanese descent to be ordained as a priest in the Nichiren Shu Order. In her first assignment, she serves as resident priest of Myoken-ji Temple in Houston. She will also continue her Buddhist Outreach work in the Texas Prison System (TDCJ) spreading the dharma to incarcerated individuals. Myokei’s ordination is the culmination of a lifetime of Buddhist practice. More importantly, it is another step along the path, the birth of a vision conceived long ago when she was just a girl growing up in a military family in El Paso.


Read more of her biography at:

University of the West, Rosemead, California,

Sakyadhita USA One-Day Conference

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Co-Sponsored by University of the West, Rosemead, CA



Diversity in the Dharma

Buddhist Women Engage Race and

Exclusionary Politics in America



Myokei Caine Barrett, Shonin

Bishop of The Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas

Houston, TX
















Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., Th.D.

Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, University of the West, Buddhist Chaplaincy Program



University of the West, Rosemead, CA


In America today more than ever, fear and ignorance fuel violent and exclusionary politics across the country. The good news is that many Buddhist groups are working for dialogue and direct action. As American Buddhist women, our aspirations and responsibilities towards ourselves, our sanghas and our communities are, according to the dharma, all interlinked.


In accordance with the mission of Sakyadhita USA: To establish an inclusive alliance of Buddhist women in the U.S.A. —  This conference will bring together lay and monastic Buddhists from all traditions and backgrounds. Toward the goal of fostering equity in our sanghas and communities, this conference aims to open dialogue and linkages among individuals and groups, but also to launch action. What are the next steps for us as American Buddhist Women? At the close of the  conference, participants will be invited to voice our personal vows and our action plans.


Please join us in this important dialogue! More details will soon be available.


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