International Member of the EBU
International Association of Buddhist Women
Through its humanitarian and social projects, the primary objective of the European branches of Sakyadhita is to bring efficient support to Sakyadhita, International Association of Buddhist Women in its effort to encourage the necessary training of Buddhist women and nuns in different countries of Asia.
Since the beginning women have found a deep source of inspiration in Buddhist practices, realised enlightenment and often transmitted their experiences in a non-conventional way. Although the Buddha himself conferred full Ordination on women, this is unfortunately not recognised everywhere.
Sakyadhita wishes on the one hand, to collect these records of experience of Buddhist women and ensure their conservation, with a view to promote peace and spirituality in the world. And on the other hand, to bring these records to the attention of the public, so that as many people as possible can find inspiration and courage along the way.
In Europe, Sakyadhita has active branches in France, Germany, the UK and Spain. Sakyadhita France supports activities for Buddhist Women in Europe, and on their behalf diffuses information related to its history and objectives on a trilingual webpage:
Sakyadhita France was founded by Gabriela Frey in the heart of Europe, in Alsace which is traditionally bilingual. It therefore wants to offer comprehensive information on Buddhist women in French, German and English on: social projects, female Buddhist teachers, books, texts, communities, ordination, etc.
Sakydhita France is an affiliated member of the Union Bouddhiste de France (UBF) and member of the European Buddhist Union (EBU) where it represents the whole of the Sakyadhita branches in Europe and has settled the Network of Buddhist women in Europe.
Since the Foundation of Sakyadhita International in 1987 in Boddhgaya in India, Carola Roloff, Gabriele Kuestermann and Dr. Rotraut Wurst, have represented Sakyadhita in Germany. Experience gained since then, has enabled the setting up of a Working Group on "Women and Buddhism" in the German Buddhist Union.
Sakyadhita UK, a non-profit-making organization, was founded in the UK by Beatrice Jutta Gassner, Wendy Barzetovic and Susan Anne Bloy in 2007. Contact for Sakyadhita branch in UK is Ven. Tsultrim Tenzin Choesang.