This week, 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two claimants to the title, made a historical announcement and promise: to build a monastic college for nuns in the Himalayas.

“I believe you are ready,” the Tibetan leader told a gathering of 400 nuns at the Third Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering in Bodhgaya, India. A statement from the Karmapa’s office said the nuns will study the shastras (five Indian philosophies), and the college will offer education to both monastics and lay women.

This time last year, the Karmapa pledged to work to “lay the necessary framework” for nuns’ full ordination in the future

This week on Tricycle’s blog, we travel back to the 60s with Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, who needed the Dalai Lama to intervene on her behalf when she wanted to study Tibetan at a monastery. Since then, she’s helped nuns learn to read and established an international organization for Buddhist women. You can read more in “Gender Revisited: Are We There Yet?” 

Also on the blog this week:

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