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Friday Evening Talk Only - Reclaiming Women's Stories of Resilence & Accomplishment

with Holly Gayley & Richard Merrill
February 7 / 6:30 PM - February 7 / 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. Touching into the feminine principle and learning about 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.


Reclaiming Women's Stories of Resilience & Accomplishment

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 and has a suggested donation of . If you wish to attend the Friday night talk only, please register on this page. (link to registration page for Friday night talk only.)


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 role in reinvigorating Buddhism in eastern Tibet in the wake of the Cultural Revolution.


RICK MERRILL is professional dancer and choreographer. He performed and taught for many years in New York City, throughout the US and Europe and most recently was a senior faculty member in the Theatre and Dance Department of Western Washington University. A member of the Shambhala Buddhist community since 1974, Rick teaches meditation and embodied contemplative movement

Questions? Please contact Sydney Munger at [email protected].

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