Empowering Our Potentiality

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One of 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Award (2000), Ven. Dhammananda became the first female Buddhist monk in Theravada in Thailand. Better known in the world of academia as Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, she earned her Ph.D. in Buddhism from Magadh University in India, and then taught at Thammasat University in Bangkok, in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, for over 30 years. In the circle of Buddhist academics, she has focused on the empowerment of women. She walks with ease in her robe, sharing the international stage with both academics and activists. A firm believer that change comes about only from a change of the heart — rather than the head — Dhamananda seeks to bring about change by speaking from the heart.