Due to the efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so many other supporters we can enjoy & celebrate to have the first female Geshe — a big step forward in Tibetan Buddhism — though still a lot has to be done with respect to gender equality, e.g. the establishment of fully ordained nuns within Tibetan Buddhism.
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo was born and raised in Germany. In 1993 she signed up for the new class of the geshe study program at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. How she became what she is now, read an interview with her in Mandala Magazine:
- Thailand’s female monks (cautiously) lobby for legal recognition by the Christian Science Monitor
- Committee for Bhiksuni Ordination in the Tibetan Budhist Tradition