Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, is one of the most well-known international voices for the empowerment of Buddhist women. She is president of Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women ( and director of Jamyang Foundation, an initiative to provide educational opportunities for women in the Indian Himalayas and Bangladesh. She is a very engaging speaker and will speak about the challenges Buddhist women are facing today.


March 1, 2012 5:30 – 7:00pm. Exhibition Hall at the University of the West campus.

The lecture is free of charge. University of the West is located in Rosemead, 1409 N. Walnut Grove Avenue (turn right off Fwy 60, exit at San Gabriel), in the Exhibition Hall on the 2nd floor of the ED building.

About Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Ven. Lekshe Tsomo studied Buddhism in Dharamsala for 15 years and completed a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Hawai’i with research on death and identity in China and Tibet. She is the author of Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Monastic Ethics for Women and Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death, and numerous articles, including “Gender Equity and Human Rights,” and “Global Exchange: Women in the Transmission and Transformation of Buddhism.” In addition, she edited Buddhist Women and Social Justice: Ideals, Challenges, and Achievements; Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream; Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations; Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women; and Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha.