Electronic Journal from Sakyadhita USA
Issue No. 7, Summer 2015
14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women opened June 23, 2015, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo opens the conference and enthusiastically greets monastic and lay participants.
An attentive audience listens to the panel of presenters on the topic, "The Future of Buddhist Feminism."
Sakyadhita USA board member Dr. Carol Winkelmann presents her paper on "Emergent Buddhist Women's Leadership."
Each presenter is given a gift of a statue of the Buddha in a beautiful, locally made rattan box. SUSA board member Carol Winkelman receives hers.
SUSA Vice President Elise DeVido (center) strolls between sessions with Christie Chang (left), president of Sakyadhita Taiwan and a Bhikkhuni.
Sakyadhita USA vice president Dr. Elise DeVido moderates the panel on "Implementing Compassion and Social Justice."
An audience enjoys one of the panel presentations.
Many Buddhist monastics from many countries in Asia, but also from Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States attended the conference.
For many of the morning panel presentation sessions, an overflow crowd of attendees sat on pads and blankets on the grass.
The program for each afternoon offered several choices for interesting small workshops.
Laywomen in a workshop on mandala.
Meditation attended by both monastics and laywomen together.
Chanting was a popular offering on the program.
Each day of the conference began with meditation and ended with chanting.
A number of large Buddhist women's associations from Southeast Asia attended together as this one from Malaysia.
Each day's program included meditation, chanting and dharma talks.
Sakyadhita International president Ven. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo receives a gift from one of the cultural program performers.
Evening programs during the week-long conference offered cultural performances, music, plays and dances from all parts of Indonesia.
IN THIS ISSUE: Reports from the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference