After years of deliberation, Tibetan Buddhist nuns are finally set to receive Geshema degrees, or the equivalent of a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. The Central Tibetan Administration reached this unanimous and historic decision on May 19th 2012 after a two-day meeting in Dharamsala attended by high lamas, representatives of nuns from six different nunneries, and members from the Tibetan Nuns Project. (source: email from the Tibetan Nuns Project)
This is a really exciting opportunity for women to deepen their studies and to train for leadership roles as educators for future generations of Buddhist practitioners. There’s a shortage of well qualified teachers here in the West especially of Tibetan Buddhist nuns. I look forward to learning from my Dharma sisters.