Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni is Thailand’s first fully ordained female, Theravada Buddhist monk. Photo: Tibor Krausz

Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monk on fighting sexism and her religion’s male monopoly

  • Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, 75, helped ordain eight women monks in 2014, only for Thailand’s ruling Buddhist body to prohibit all future female ordinations
  • She continues to ordain female Buddhist novices – about 800 now – and her own ordination in Sri Lanka has inspired almost 300 other female monks to do the same
Topic |   Gender equality
Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni is Thailand’s first fully ordained female, Theravada Buddhist monk. Photo: Tibor Krausz
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