Sakyadhita Canada 2019 Annual General Meeting: Wednesday, April 24th

4:00 PM Mountain Time, Calgary, AB. If you live outside of Calgary, but would like to attend, you’re welcome to join in by Skype. To RSVP and for both AGM location and Skype details, please contact Read the agenda here.

At the AGM, Sakyadhita Canada will elect board members, give a review of the activities of the previous year and share with the general membership the goals and objectives of the coming year. We are a registered charity and an integral part of our organization is our Board of Directors. This year, we have a number of openings for new members.

Volunteer as a Sakyadhita Board Member

Our members are a culturally diverse collection of individuals from all walks of life, spanning many age groups. All individuals are treated with compassion and respect - there is no judgment! We celebrate differences and endeavour through our various forms of communication to generate harmony between all.

Board directors are volunteers who

  • Have a commitment to our mission and programs

  • Prepare for meetings by reading agendas, minutes, etc.

  • Attend meetings regularly (either in-person or via Skype

  • Contribute skills and knowledge by participating actively in meetings

  • Understand and monitor the organization’s financial affairs

  • Ensure the organization complies with all legal and regulatory requirements

  • Inquire when clarification or information is needed

Interested? Please contact

16th sakyadhita international conference on buddhist women


Information about the 16th Sakyadhita International Conference is at The conference is now full!

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Buddhist Women: Practitioners and Teachers Past and Present

In this workshop we will hear about the activities of Buddhist women in both historical and contemporary contexts. The speakers will present examples from different cultural spheres, including China, Japan, and the US. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions and participate in discussions about the inclusion of women in teaching and practice of the Dharma. Please register in advance.
Location: Dharma Drum, Vancouver Centre
Presenters: Paula Arai, Assoc. Prof., LSU College; Beata Grant, Prof., Washington University in St. Louis; Susan Moon, Dharma Teacher and Author, Everyday Zen Sangha; Chun-fang Yu, Prof. Emerita, Columbia University; Wendi Adamek, Assoc. Prof. University of Calgary

For more information and to register for this workshop, please go to Dharma Drum's website.

September 6th, 2018 is International Bikkhuni Day!

This is the 2600th year of the Bikkhuni sangha and this day is a time to reflect on the history of the Bikkhuni sangha, recognize their contributions to the world, and how we may support them for the future. To learn more about the Bikkhuni sangha, its revival and its history, watch this excellent video presentation by Mindy Zlotnick.

15th sakyadhita international conference on buddhist women

Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action      
Hong Kong - June 22-28, 2017

The conference theme, “Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action,” highlighted the diversity of contemporary Buddhist women throughout the world. Over 700 attendees - Bikkhunis, nuns, laywomen and laymen - attended the conference, held at Hong Kong University. Each day, two panels featuring five papers and a question and answer session were presented, giving inspiring, poignant, and sometimes jarring views and insights into the lives and work of Buddhist women around the world. Presentations were followed each day with workshops focused on creativity and Buddhist perspectives and practices from a variety of traditions. After the conference, two day-long bus tours took participants to sites such as the Big Buddha, the Chi Lin Nunnery and Chinese Garden, Thich Nhat Hahn's monastery, and a Daoist temple. Read some reflections on the retreat by Jayanta and by Drolkar McCallum.



Past Activities

2015 - Anagarika Dhammadinna Memorial Celebration

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, a much beloved Theravada teacher was honoured. It was the 25th anniversary of the passing of Anagarika Dhammadinna. The day of remembrance was co-sponsored by Dhamma: A Theravada Buddhist Society and Sakyadhita Canada. The event was held at Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre in Surrey, B.C.  Read more here.


2015 Sakyadhita International Conference

They came in robes and in street clothes, with perfectly coiffed hair and with shaved heads, in sandals, in boots and in high heels. They came from all over the world, on wings, on wheels, by foot. They came, the Buddhists, the Muslims, the Hindus, and the Christians, and some who have set aside all religion. They came, over 1000 of them, in search of inspiration. And that is what they found.

The 2015 Sakyadhita International Conference is the first I have attended, though it has been offered for nearly 30 years now. Read more here.


Vesak 2015, Mississauga, Ontario

To see more activities, please see our Activities Archive