Acceptance Speech by Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen

Your Royal Highness , Your Excellency , Most Respected Venerables, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Friends in the Dharma

The message that I had been chosen as an „Outstanding Woman in Buddhism“ and that I would be honored here today at the United Nations reached me on Christmas eve, December 24. I was in India, conducting research related to my PhD thesis in Tibetology at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath and in the libraries of Tibetan monasteries in South India. The message was forwarded to me by Dr. Thea Mohr, co-organizer of the forthcoming First International Congress on Buddhist Women's Role in the Sangha, that will take place from July 18 to 20, 2007 at the University of Hamburg. Both of us felt very much encouraged in our efforts to organize this historic event, which will be attended by

At the time when I learnt that I would be honored by your award today, I had already heard of the award, because some of my dharma sisters, whom I have been in touch with since the 1980s, have received this award before. They are, for example,

Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ven. Thubten Chodron, Ven. Dhammananda and Mrs. Ranjani de Silva will all be speakers at our Congress at the University of Hamburg. We are all united in our wish as women to share full responsibility for the preservation of the Buddhasasana. We consider it as most important that Buddhist women have the chance - as intended by our common teacher Buddha Sakyamuni - to strive for liberation from samsara in accord with our full capability - as bhikkhunis.

I consider the „Outstanding Buddhist Woman Award“ to be an acknowledgement and support of our 25 years of efforts to revive the bhikkhuni sangha in Buddhist countries where it is no longer available. Thank you very much for your trust, your support for the cause of Buddhist women, and for choosing me as a recipient of your award. It is a great honor. Thank you very much!