Socially Engaged Buddhist Nuns: Activism in Taiwan and North America


  • Karma Lekshe Tsomo University of San Diego



The last decades of the twentieth century have been a time of new visibility and social activism for Buddhists in Taiwan and around the world. This paper compares the social engagement of nuns in the Chinese Buddhist tradition in Taiwan and North America. I would like to argue that whereas nuns in Taiwan have developed a variety of approaches to social involvement, their counterparts in the Chinese diaspora in North America have had to face a set of challenges specific to overseas Chinese communities in addition to Chinese Buddhist tradition. The article concludes with reflections on the prospects for nuns' social activism in Taiwan and North America in future years.

Author Biography

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego

Department of Theology and Religious Studies


How to Cite

Tsomo, Karma Lekshe. 2015. “Socially Engaged Buddhist Nuns: Activism in Taiwan and North America”. Journal of Global Buddhism 10 (February):459-85.