Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

On Thursday, March 1, Ven Karma Lekshe Tsomo, an internationally recognized voice for the empowerment of Buddhist women and a Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, spoke on the topic “Buddhist Women and Social Justice.”

Forty people – representing students, faculty, and staff – attended the event and were fully attentive to this scintillating presentation. Ven. Tsomo talked about important issues relevant to Buddhist women and social justice and also provided examples of notable Buddhist women through an engaging slide show. After the presentation, members of the audience asked many questions, to all of which Ven. Tsomo provided compelling and thought-provoking responses. Buddhist women, Ven. Tsomo argued, have played a significant role in Buddhism from its inception, but throughout Buddhist history – and even up to today – they have faced many challenges.

We at UWest hope that we can maintain a collaborative relationship with Ven. Tsomo, particularly since she lives and works in nearby San Diego.

Ven. Tsomo is President of Sakyadhita, an international association of Buddhist women. See www.sakyadhita.org for details.