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Buddha’s Women Disciples – An SCOL Retreat and via Zoom

March 24, 2022, 5:30 pm - March 27, 2022, 10:00 am

Teacher: Lama Chimey (Lois Beran)

Now offering the option of Zoom!

There were numerous accomplished and realized women who were disciples of the Buddha 2,500 years ago – both lay and monastic. The stories and songs of these women are contained primarily in the Pali Canon and have survived – first orally and then in writing – since the time of the Buddha. The very fact of survival indicates their significance to Buddhism.

This retreat will be a mixture of sharing the songs, stories, and biographies of the women; how their realizations relate to specific teachings of the Buddha; the history and culture of that era; and sessions of shamatha.

This will be a joyful retreat! Participants will have opportunities to enact or read their favorite poems. Artists, bring your tools!

Men and women alike are encouraged to join this retreat.

Suggested Reading

Although a 32-page handout of the primary suttas will be provided to the registrants, it will be helpful (not mandatory) if you purchase or get access to a complete TRANSLATION of the Therigatha. I recommend one of the following:

(1) Charles Hallisey, Poems of the First Buddhist Women: A Translation of the Therigatha (Murty Classical Library of India), published in 2021

(2) Anagarika Mahendra’s translation of the Therigatha http://urbandharma.org/pdf8/Therigatha.pdf

(3) One or more of the translations available at https://suttacentral.net/thig?view=normal


Registration for residential is now closed.

register for zoom only



$375 – includes room and board for three nights in your own cabin at Ser Chö Ösel Ling

Zoom – Sliding scale from $60 to $240

COVID-19: Proof of vaccination and negative Covid rapid test the day prior to retreat is required.

Discounts: A limited number of discounts (up to 50% of the retreat cost) are available for individuals with financial constraints. Preference is given to KCC members of at least three months. To apply for a discount, please contact kcc-scholarship@kcc.org.

Daily Schedule

Thursday, March 24th (evening only)
5:30 – 6:45 pm dinner
7:00 – 8:00 pm – orientation and evening session

Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26
6:30 – 7:30 am – First session
9:00 – 10:30 – Second session
11:00 – Noon – Third session
2:30 – 4:00 – Fourth session
4:30 – 5:30 – Fifth session
7:00 – 7:45 – Sixth session

Sunday, March 27th
6:30 – 7:30 am – Morning closing session
7:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast


March 24, 2022, 5:30 pm
March 27, 2022, 10:00 am
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