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The Missing History of Women in Tantric Buddhism

Pema Khandro, Holly Gayley, Judith Simmer-Brown, Sarah Jacoby, Amy Langenberg, and Damcho Diana Finnegan.

This is the missing history of women in Tantric Buddhism. This course addresses the fascinating story of nuns, mothers, teachers, consorts, prophets, and disciples. Taught by scholar-practitioners whose groundbreaking research on women and Buddhism has changed the way we think of Buddhist history. This course will address the history of women in Buddhism, the history of yoginis and dakinis in India and Tibet, the stories of important Buddhist women, Buddhist philosophy on gender, sex, and sexuality, and the role of the consort in historical Tibet, and contemporary manifestations and so much more.


Course Videos, Dialogues, and Articles

Introduction with Pema Khandro

    • The History of Women in Buddhism
    • Women in Tantric Great Perfection (Dzogchen)
    • Women in Buddhism: Current Issues

Course Content with Holly Gayley

    • Gender and Sexuality in Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet
    • Dialogue with Holly Gayley and Pema Khandro
    • Revisioning the Sacred Consort
    • Fake Lamas

Course Content with Sarah Jacoby

    • Dakinis’ Encouragement in the Life of Sera Khandro
    • Dialogue with Sarah Jacoby and Pema Khandro
    • This Inferior Female Body

Course Content with Judith Simmer-Brown

    • Dakini Wisdom: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
    • Dialogue with Judith Simmer-Brown and Pema Khandro

Course Content with Amy Paris Langenberg

    • Buddhism, Birth, and Abortion: Dialogue with Amy Langenberg and Pema Khandro
    • What does Buddhism Say About Abortion?

Course Content with Damcho Diana Finnegan

    • Buddhism After #MeToo: Dialogue with Damcho Diana Finnegan and Pema Khandro

Bonus Content with Karma Lekshe Tsomo

    • Dialogue with Pema Khandro on Buddhist Women: Then and Now


Click the Images below to read Teacher Bios and Learn More

Pema Khandro

Pema Khandro

Teacher, Scholar, Humanitarian, and Founder of the Buddhist Studies Institute
Holly Gayley

Holly Gayley

Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies. Translator of contemporary Buddhist literature
Judith Simmer-Brown

Judith Simmer-Brown

Professor and Author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism
Sarah Jacoby

Sarah Jacoby

Author and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Languages & Cultures
Amy Langenberg

Amy Langenberg

Author of Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom and Associate Professor
Damchö Diana Finnegan, PhD

Damchö Diana Finnegan, PhD

Co-founder of Dharmadatta Community and Instituto Budadharma
Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Buddhist Nun, Scholar and Activist. Co-founder of Sakyadhita & Director of Jamyang Foundation

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  • Women in Tantric Buddhism
  • 120$
    1 year access
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Access this course anytime for life.
  • Watch again and again
  • *Fulfillment of Pre-requisites may apply.
    **Does not include costs for lodging, meals, or guest teachers.
  • Annual meeting with Pema Khandro
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    **Does not include costs for lodging, meals or guest teachers.
  • Online Access Pass
  • 150$
    per month
  • Instant Access to Online Classes and Self-Paced Courses
  • 50% Discount on Tuition for trainings and residential retreats, with 6 month commitment
  • Invitation to Member-Only Events
  • *Fulfillment of Pre-requisites may apply.
    **Does not include costs for lodging, meals, or guest teachers.
  • Annual meeting with Pema Khandro
  • *Fulfillment of Pre-requisites may apply.
    **Does not include costs for lodging, meals or guest teachers.
  • All Access Pass
  • 250$
    per month
  • Unlimited access to all online and in-person courses, trainings, retreats
  • 100% Discount on tuition for courses, trainings and residential retreats, with 6 month commitment
  • Unlimited access to all videos, audio recordings, and digital downloads
  • Invitation to Member-Only Events
  • Annual meeting with Pema Khandro
  • *Fulfillment of Pre-requisites may apply.
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