Program Details

Friday Evening Talk Only—Reclaiming Women's Stories of Resilience & Accomplishment

with Holly Gayley
September 13 / 6:30 PM - September 13 / 9:00 PM

As Buddhist practitioners we have heard many stories of accomplished masters, but few about accomplished women, who have remained in the shadows of history. Retrieving these stories can enliven our understanding of the dharma and the various ways that wisdom and compassion are embodied. A broader spectrum of role models for awakening is vital for people of all genders to help restore balance in our practice and everyday lives.

Acharya Holly Gayley, a professor of Buddhist Studies and senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage, has focused her research and writings on the stories of Buddhist women practitioners. Most recently, in her book Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet, Gayley chronicles the courtship between two Buddhist tantric masters, Tāre Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche, and their and their role in reinvigorating Buddhism in eastern Tibet during the post-Mao era.

Friday Night 
6:30 to 9 PM
Explore the lives of women meditation practitioners from different times and places in Buddhist history. Their stories of resilience and accomplishment can give us insight into how to use challenge, disappointment, and loss as fuel along the path of liberation. Through recovering women’s voices and experiences, we can reimagine our own approach to the spiritual journey as both individuals and as a community.

This Friday night talk is open to the public. 

You can register for the full weekend program, Reclaiming Women's Stories in Buddhism here

Acharya Holly GayleyAcharya Holly Gayley completed her M.A. in Buddhist Studies at Naropa University (2000) and Ph.D. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Harvard (2009). Her research into contemporary Buddhist literature and its lived contexts has taken her to eastern Tibet on research trips since 2004. Currently, she is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Boulder Colorado, where she teaches courses on Tibetan Buddhism, Women in Buddhism, Gender in Hagiography, Buddhist Ethics, and Transnational Buddhism. She has been a member of the Shambhala community for over twenty years and regularly leads meditation workshops.

Acharya Gayley’s writings can be found on her website.

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Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please register and pay online in advance of the program to save your place and let us know to expect you. 

Registration for the Friday night talk is included in the weekend, so if you are attending on Saturday, it is not necessary to register for the Friday night talk.

If you have any questions, please contact Elena at education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org.

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