‘Patience with Meditation’ – talk with Karma Lekshe

WE’re happy to welcome back Hawaiian Tibetan Bhikkhuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo for a talk to our Monday Meditators. She was with us for two very well received talks last month. It’s great to get a female perspective on meditaiton, especially from someone who has been practising for so long :

Monday 4th July


Karma Lekshe Bhikkhuni

at SCHAI room, Asoke

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Event is free of charge, and all are welcome. No need to book in advance.

About the Speaker

While on a trip in India, Lekshe heard the teachings of Dalai Lama. She was convinced that she wanted to become a nun, and dedicate her life to service. Except for one problem: no monastery would accept her, because she was a woman.

So, Karma Lekshe started her own nunnery in the Himalayas and sure enough, became a Buddhist nun.

Today, decades later, she has drastically altered Buddhism’s view of women. As a PhD in comparative philosophy, author of several books, founder of a Himalayan nonprofit, professor at University of San Diego, president of International Association of Buddhist Women, Karma Lekshe is actively involved in interfaith dialogue and grassroot initiatives for empowerment of women.

Professor Tsomo received a B.A. in Oriental Languages (Japanese/Chinese) from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in Asian Studies, an M.A. in Religion (Asian), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa. In addition, she studied at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India for 15 years. Since 2000 she has been an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Tsomo’s doctoral research focused on death and identity in China and Tibet. She is the author of Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Monastic Ethics for W

omen and Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death. Click here for all the titles by Lekshe Tsomo

She has produced several educational videos: “Sacred Ground: Consecrating a Village Temple in Spiti Valley,” “Women in Buddhism: Unity and Diversity,” and “Living and Dying in Buddhist Cultures.” click here for a full bio


The place is a few minutes walk from Asoke: Go to Asoke BTS (aka Skytrain) station, or Asoke MRT station. Walk along Sukhumvit to Soi 18. Immediately on the right as you enter the soi is a right turn behind the 7-eleven, towards a big apartment block – we will be in a shop at the base of the apartment block.

Venue is less than 300 meters from Asoke BTS

There is paid parking in the big mall on the opposite side of Sukhumvit – but the traffic is pretty heavy at this time of day.

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