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Biography of Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, where she teaches Buddhism, World Religions, and Comparative Religious Ethics. She studied Buddhism in Dharamsala, India, for 15 years and received a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Hawai`i, with research on death and identity in China and Tibet.

She is president of Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women and director of Jamyang Foundation, an initiative to provide educational opportunities for women in developing countries.

Her research interests include death and dying, Buddhism and bioethics, Buddhist feminist ethics, peace studies, and Western adaptations of Buddhism. Her publications include Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Buddhist Monastic Ethics for Women; Buddhist Women and Social Justice; Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream; and Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhist, Bioethics, and Death.

Date: 5 July 2002

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