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Summer Break

Summer in Himachal Pradesh,
©Almut-Barbara Renger

We are on summer break.
Please check back in September for new posts.

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Winter Celebrations – and Graduations

Wishing all members and friends a joyful winter celebration as 2016 slowly comes to a close.

© 2016 Venerable Delek Yangdron and Tibetan Nuns Project

© 2016 Venerable Delek Yangdron and Tibetan Nuns Project

As a final blog post for this year, we would like to highlight a historical event for women in Buddhism happening at the end of this month. On December 22, HH the Dalai Lama will be awarding Geshema degrees to 20 Tibetan nuns at the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, southern India. The Geshe degree (feminine: Geshema) had previously only been available to monks and is the highest academic degree within Tibetan Buddhism, requiring at least 21 years of intense study of texts and practice. Discussions of equal opportunity for women in Buddhism has been blossoming in previous years, throughout many traditions. After meetings between representatives from six major nunneries, the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and the Tibetan nuns project, the Department of Religion and Culture announced in 2012 that nuns would be eligible for receiving the degree. Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, of the Department of Religion and Culture is quoted as saying that, “The conferment of the Geshema degree is a historic development as it marks a new chapter in empowerment and education of Tibetan woman particularly in the spiritual sphere. The degree will openavenues of employment and opportunity to the nuns, as it makes them equally eligible as monks to assume various leadership roles in the monastic and lay communities.”

© 2016 Venerable Delek Yangdron and Tibetan Nuns Project

© 2016 Venerable Delek Yangdron and Tibetan Nuns Project

Until now there has only been one woman who has received the Geshema title in 2011 (Kelsang Wangmo, a German nun) however this graduation represents a change in the system giving more opportunity, support and education to women ongoing. The historic graduation ceremony can be viewed live online on the Tibet Nuns Project, TTV, and the CTA’s official website.

 

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Summer Break

Dear All,hogr

This blog is taking a summer break until the end of October. We would like to thank you for your interest and participation and are looking forward to seeing you after the break!

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Happy New Year 2014

newyearTo all of our readers, we wish you a very Happy New Year! We hope you have a prosperous and successful 2014!

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Summer Break

This blog takes a summer break until the end of October. Enjoy the rest of the summer! Don’t forget to go outside, have a picnic, and get some fresh air!

Cheers,

Almut Renger

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To All Readers of Our Blog


 

 

 

Dear Readers,

As we finish the winter term and head into spring, I write to let you know: This blog is taking a little nap for two months. We will be back at the beginning of May.

Wishing you the best of luck in all of your endeavors …

… and please continue to study hard,

Almut-Barbara Renger

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Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!

As 2011 draws to a close, we would like to thank you all for your interest and contributions to our study group.

We hope you have a very happy holiday season, and we wish you the best for 2012!

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Welcome Back

We’d like to welcome everyone back for the upcoming winter term hoping you had a great break filled with exciting events. I myself had an excellent summer jam-packed with work and travel. It was a particular pleasure to discuss my work on cultural transformations of Buddhism in the contemporary West at the Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum. To check out their activities, please click here.

Warm wishes,
Almut-Barbara Renger

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Summer Break Greetings

Dear Everyone,

Another very fruitful semester just ended. With various inspiring events behind us, we would like to thank you for your numerous participation and your interest. We are already looking forward to seeing you again after the break in October. For now, we hope you will find some time to enjoy the beautiful weather. Have a refreshing summer break!

With warm regards,
Almut-Barbara Renger

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All Set for the Spring

Dear Everyone,

we have had a very exciting semester with plenty of interesting events. We were especially pleased to welcome a large number of participants to our seminar Introduction to Buddhism: Philosophy – Religion – Meditation System. Thank you all for your attendance! For now, we would like to wish you all a refreshing break. Enjoy the first shafts of sunlight!

With warm regards,
Almut-Barbara Renger

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