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Buddhist Studies | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Understanding North American Buddhist Women from a global perspective is a daunting task because of the enormous diversity of both North American and Asian Buddhist women. The fist question is, What does it mean to be a Buddhist? For some, to be a Buddhist means formally going for refuge in the Buddha, dharma, sangha. In other cases, a person is born Buddhist and lives her whole life as a Buddhist, without any special ceremony. Differences like theses make it impossible to generalize about Buddhist women's experiences.


Original Publication Information:

"North American Buddhist Women in the International Context." In Peter N. Gregory and Susanna Mrozik (Eds), Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2007, pp.15–31.