Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women
Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women is an 501(c)3 non-profit organisation founded in 1987 at the conclusion of its first conference and registered in California,
The association was founded in 1988. Sakyadhita is an alliance of women and men founded at the conclusion of the first International Conference on Buddhist Women, held in Bodhgaya, India, in 1987 where the 14th Dalai Lama was the keynote speaker.
Currently, the international association, which has local chapters in several countries, has almost 2000 members in 45 countries around the world.
An international conference is held every two years.
The conference brings together laypersons and nuns from different countries and traditions, to share their experiences, research, and to encourage projects to improve conditions for Buddhist women—especially in developing countries.
The conferences feature papers, workshops, and performances on topics relevant to Buddhist women.
Sakyadhita has published an annual newsletter since 1990.