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International Women’s Day 2022

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

About the event

Come and celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 with us!

Hear from amazing female speakers about their careers, inspirations, and life of contemplation, and get inspired by these inspiring women!

Through a talk and a dialogue, they will share stories about inspiring women and their role models, as well as reflect upon archetypal and symbolic figures of womanhood in some of the major religions and in spirituality.


2.00 – 3.30 pm GMT: Talk by Geshe Ngawang Chokyi

4.00 – 6.00 pm GMT: Dialogue “The Buddha’s Mother and Mary Magdalene”, with Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault and Wendy Garling, moderated by Vicki Mackenzie.

About Our Speakers:

Geshe Ngawang Chokyi was born in December 2016 in Mundgod, India, and she became one of the first women to be bestowed with the prestigious Geshe degree by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Until recent years, women had been precluded from studying for the degree, so Geshe Ngawang Chokyi, along with 19 other women, made history on that day. We’re honoured that she has accepted our invitation to reflect on her incredible journey as part of our International Women’s Day 2022 programming. We are especially happy to connect with Geshe Ngawang Chokyi, as she is the niece of FPMT and Jamyang’s founder, Lama Yeshe.

Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, gardener, independent scholar, Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of “Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life”, a ground-breaking new biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women and The Woman Who Raised the Buddha. Her dream is to bring back the stories of Buddhism’s first women, reawaken their voices, and ensure that they are not just remembered, but valorised as integral to the roots of Buddhism.

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She is also a longstanding member of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and tending to a global network of students and practitioners. Her signature contribution to the Christian contemplative reawakening has focused on four main areas: 1) Centering Prayer; 2) The Christian Wisdom Tradition; 3) The Western Esoteric and Fourth Way traditions; 4) The Path of Conscious Love.

She has worked closely with fellow teachers and colleagues including Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, and Richard Rohr, and is an emeritus faculty member of the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. Cynthia has actively participated in numerous inter-spiritual dialogues and events with luminaries and leaders such as A.H. Almaas, Kabir Helminski, Swami Atmarupananda, and Rami Shapiro.

For Cynthia’s most current writings, offerings, and her calendar of upcoming events please refer to her personal website: CynthiaBourgeault.org

How to Join:

Book the ticket on Eventbrite to join the conversation LIVE on Zoom!