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Buddha’s Women Disciples – An SCOL Retreat

March 24, 5:30 pm - March 27, 10:00 am

Teacher: Lama Chimey (Lois Beran)

There were numerous accomplished and realized women who were disciples of the Buddha 2,500 years ago – both lay and monastic. The stories and songs of these women are contained primarily in the Pali Canon and have survived – first orally and then in writing – since the time of the Buddha. The very fact of survival indicates their significance to Buddhism.

This retreat will be a mixture of sharing the songs, stories, and biographies of the women; how their realizations relate to specific teachings of the Buddha; the history and culture of that era; and sessions of shamatha.

This will be a joyful retreat! Participants will have opportunities to enact or read their favorite poems. Artists, bring your tools!

Men and women alike are encouraged to join this retreat.

Suggested Reading

Please purchase/acquire a complete TRANSLATION of the Therigatha.  I recommend one of the following:

(1) Charles Hallisey, Poems of the First Buddhist Women: A Translation of the Therigatha (Murty Classical Library of India), published in 2021

(2) Anagarika Mahendra’s translation of the Therigatha http://urbandharma.org/pdf8/Therigatha.pdf

(3) One or more of the translations available at https://suttacentral.net/thig?view=normal



$375 – includes room and board for three nights

COVID-19: Proof of vaccination and negative Covid rapid test the day prior to retreat is required.

Discounts: A limited number of discounts (up to 50% of the retreat cost) are available for individuals with financial constraints. Preference is given to KCC members of at least three months. To apply for a discount, please contact ">.


March 24, 5:30 pm
March 27, 10:00 am
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