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Just $240 a year can educate and put women in leadership roles in a desperately poor and culturally endangered region of the Himalayas. Please lend your support!

  • Demonstrate solidarity with sisters faced by poverty and illiteracy.
  • Provide health care, education, and cultural enrichment for hundreds of women in remote Himalayan villages.
  • Help a young woman fulfill her spiritual and intellectual potential.
  • Further intercultural understanding.
  • Make someone very happy!

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Kinaur student nuns.

Resources for Learning More
About Himalayan Buddhist Women

Books

Women of Wisdom. Allione, Tsultrim. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984.

So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas Crossette, Barbara. New York: Vintage, 1996.

Determination: Tibetan Women and the Struggle for an Independent Tibet Devine, Carol. Toronto, Vauve Press, 1991.

Women’s Buddhism, Buddhism’s Women: Tradition, Revision, Renewal Findly, Ellison Banks, ed. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2000.

The Golden Yoke: The Legal Cosmology of Buddhist Tibet. French, Rebecca Redwood. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion, 2002.

Servants of the Buddha: Winter in a Himalayan Convent Grimshaw, Anna. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 1994.

Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism Gross, Rita M. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Havnevik, Hanna. Oslo: Norwegian University Press, 1990.

Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self Klein, Anne C. Boston: Beacon Press, 1994.

Women in Buddhism: Images of the Feminine in Mahyna Tradition Paul, Diana. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha Tsomo, Karma Lekshe. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1988.

---- Buddhist Women and Social Justice: Ideals, Challenges, and Achievements Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, Forthcoming.

---- Innovative Women in Buddhism: Swimming Against the Stream Surrey, England: Curzon Press, 2000.

---- Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Spirited Women: Gender, Religion, and Cultural Identity in the Nepal Himalaya Watkins, Joanne C. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet Willis, Janice D. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1989.

Films

(available in VHS and DVD format from www.amazon.com)

The Cup directed by Khyentse Norbu

Himalaya (Caravan), directed by Eric Valli

Kundun, directed by Martin Scorsese

The Saltmen of Tibet, directed by Ulrike Koch

Windhorse, directed by Paul Wagner