Karma Lekshe Tsomo
"Universal Compassion: The Life and Legacy of the 14th Dalai Lama"
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Voigt Drive, UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
Public event. Free. Please register on Eventbrite.
Karma Lekshe Tsomo is a Buddhist nun, scholar and social activist. She is Professor at the University of San Diego, where she teaches Buddhism and World Religions. She is co-founder of the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women and the founding director of the Jamyang Foundation.
Professor Tsomo's research interests include women in Buddhism, death and dying, Buddhist feminist ethics, Buddhism and bioethics, religion and politics, Buddhist social ethics, and Buddhist transnationalism. She integrates scholarship and social activism through the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women and Jamyang Foundation, an innovative education project for women in developing countries, with 15 schools in the Indian Himalayas, Bangladesh, and Laos.
Professor Tsomo’s doctoral research focused on death and identity in China and Tibet. She is the author of Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Monastic Ethics for Women and Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death, and numerous articles, including "Gender Equity and Human Rights,” and “Global Exchange: Women in the Transmission and Transformation of Buddhism.” In addition, she edited Eminent Buddhist Women; Buddhist Women and Social Justice: Ideals, Challenges, and Achievements; Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream; Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations; Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women; and Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha.
Babak Rahimi, Associate Professor in Literature
Interim Director, Program for the Study of Religion