Browse popular topics on meetup so you can do more of what matters to you or create your own group and meet people near you who share your interests. Buddhism was carried into east asia by merchants and buddhist monks traveling the silk road from northern india, persia, kashmir and inner asia one of the most powerful champions of buddhism in china was the empress wu zetian.
Buddhist women, including nuns, have faced harsh discrimination by buddhist institutions in asia for centuries there is gender inequality in most of the world's religions, of course, but that's no excuse.
In 1987, she co-ordinated the first international conference of buddhist nuns in the history of buddhism, which resulted in the setting-up of sakyadhita, a world-wide buddhist women's organization hh the dalai lama has been a keynote speaker at sakyadhita conferences.
His holiness the 14th dalai lama, tenzin gyatso, describes himself as a simple buddhist monk he is the spiritual leader of tibet he was born on 6 july 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in taktser, amdo, northeastern tibet. The very existence of a “women and buddhism” entry but no “men in buddhism” entry implies a set of methodological lacunae in buddhist studies on the one hand, buddhist studies have often proceeded as if the history of men in buddhism stands in for buddhist history, with little effort made.
Now, newer scholarship routinely includes information about what women do and think religiously, and many books and articles specifically focus on women’s roles and lives in all areas of the buddhist world, ancient and modern, asian and western. In buddhism, dhyāna or jhāna is a series of cultivated states of mind, which lead to a state of perfect equanimity and awareness (upekkhii-sati-piirisuddhl)  it is commonly translated as meditation , and is also used in hinduism and jainism.