"From the time of the Buddha to the present, women have played an important part in the flourishing of the dharma, but their stories have been lost and their contributions forgotten. Newly surfaced histories of Buddhist realized women practitioners, activist nuns, and a new generation of female teachers and leaders are creating an exciting wave of change. It is no longer a rarity to find Buddhist women leaders and role models, but is enough being done? How are female leaders inspired and cultivated? What kinds of Buddhist leadership do these women exhibit, and how do they serve sentient beings? How can this trend develop and grow?"  - The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism

10 Women, 8 Weeks, 2 Weekly Classes, 1 Retreat, 0 Dollars
Saturdays 2pm-5pm & Thursdays 7pm-8pm
Summer Program: June 22nd - August 10th



The Women's Buddhist Leadership Program is held for 8-weeks with meetings twice a week. One weekly gathering will occur every Saturday from 2pm-5pm at the Dharma Bum Temple for meditation, Dharma talks, trainings, discussions, and book study. The other weekly gathering will be Thursday from 7pm-8pm as you participate and help facilitate the existing Dharma Bum Basics class at the Dharma Bum Temple. There will be one retreat on a Saturday from 8am-12pm where we will visit a Buddhist Temple for meditation and reflection. The retreat will take the place of the Saturday afternoon meeting that week. 

The core teachings of the program will offer a basic study of the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, Six Paramitas, Karma, and Five Precepts. The program will conclude with a formal Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem and Five Precept Ceremony.


  • Meet twice a week on Saturday from 2pm-5pm and Thursdays from 7pm-8pm at the Dharma Bum Temple. Must attend every class, unless there is an emergency situation or illness.
  • One half-day meditation retreat on Saturday at places like Hidden Valley Zen Center, Pao Fa Temple, Deer Park Monastery, Metta Forest Monastery or Dharma Bum Temple.
  • 20 minutes per day of personal meditation practice.
  • Video Dharma Homework

To Apply:   

This program will be limited to 10 women, whom you will meet with weekly at the Dharma Bum Temple. This will be your community of practitioners throughout the program. 

***Please note, no prior Buddhist practice or knowledge is required for this program. It is open to all people regardless of your previous experiences.

Special thank you to The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism for funding this program!