Electronic Journal from Sakyadhita USA

Issue No. 10 Spring 2016

Keynote Speaker

Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin

Bishop, The Nichiren Buddhist

Sangha of Texas

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 Racism and

Exclusionary Politics in America



Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin

Bishop of The Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas

Houston, TX



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.


Our conference theme is purposely broad and may encompass many topics and how dharma sanghas are addressing them; for example:



LGBT issues

Mistreatment/misunderstanding of the mentally ill

Violence and stereotyping in mass media

Backlash against women’s rights/reproductive rights

Immigration and refugees

Living in a time of fear

And others.


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


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