Venerable Miao Jing speaking at the First International Buddhist Bhikkhuni Forum at the University of Toronto. Image courtesy of the Great Compassion Bodhi Prajna Temple
Awakening: An Interview with Ven. Miao Jing on the First International Buddhist Bhikkhuni Forum
Originally from Taiwan, Venerable Master Miao Jing has lived in Canada for the last 30 years, practicing in both the Chan Buddhist tradition and the Tibetan Karma Kagyu lineage. She heads the Great Compassion Bodhi Prajna Temple, located outside Toronto, which is an active center for meditation and study with a special emphasis on cultivating Buddhist youth. The temple was also founded by her co-teacher Master Miao Yin, who also practices in the Chan and Karma Kagyu lineages.
Inspired by the work of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa to establish the North American Karma Kagyu Bhikkhuni Institute, the First International Buddhist Bhikkhuni Forum was held at the University of Toronto on 26–27 May under the theme “Awakening.” I spoke with Master Miao Jing about her motivation and plans to empower Buddhist women across all lineages.
Master Miao Jing of the Great Compassion Bodhi Prajna Temple Visits the University of Toronto to Give an English Speech: “Female Empowerment in Buddhism”
On September 24th, 2019, Venerable Master Miao Jing and Venerable Master Miao Yin from the Great Compassion Bodhi Prajna Temple visited Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. They were invited by the Principal of Emmanuel College, Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts and professors Dr. Henry Shiu and Dr. William Kervin to give a speech entitled “Female Empowerment in Buddhism.” They delivered this speech entirely in English.
At the beginning of her speech, Venerable Master Miao Jing praised the audience, many of whom were women, in fluent English. She noted that in Canada, after many generations of effort, men and women have achieved equal status, with equal educational opportunities. Yet, many people do not realize that 2000 years ago in India, the Buddha said: “Every living being has the essence of the Tathāgata; every living being has the Buddha Nature.” The Buddha taught that in his tradition there are four types of disciples: Monks, Nuns, male lay disciples, and female lay disciples. In other words, Monks and Nuns are men and women who receive full ordination and leave their homes to practice the Dharma, whereas lay men and women remain at home while practicing the five precepts and following the Bodhisattva path.
2018 First International Buddhist Bhikkhuni Forum News Release
2018 First International Buddhist Bhikkhuni Forum
Awaken Inner Wisdom in Women – Buddha’s Grand Compassion and Wisdom.
The First International Buddhist Bhikkhuni Forum, held at University of Toronto on May 26 – 27, 2018, was the inaugural conference in North America bringing together Buddhist nuns and scholars of Buddhism in an international academic platform inviting different Buddhist lineages to participate. Organized by Great Compassion Bodhi Prajna Temple and North America Karma Kagyu Bhikkhuni Institute and co-hosted by Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, the Forum was attended by the public, Bhikkhunis, professors and researchers collectively from five universities, namely, University of Toronto, Harvard University, Baldwin Wallace University, Nipissing University, and Eckerd College.
Blessing Ceremony Conducted by H.H. the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Appreciating the Efficacy of all Buddhist Traditions
Lead Article: Appreciating the Efficacy of all Buddhist Traditions
By Ven. Master Miao Jing
It still feels chilly in the early spring in my temple set in a forest in Canada. After the routine morning prayer and meditation, I slowly open my eyes while sitting on the futon. The sunlight coming in through the window turns the main Buddha Hall warm and lands gently on a Tibetan Thangka which I brought back from India. It reminds me of the teachings given to me by my root Guru, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. I could vividly recall what His Holiness had said to me during the break of a retreat, “I hope that in the future, there will be more practitioners like you who are willing to integrate the study of Mahayana and Vajrayana, as this will be very beneficial to Buddhism as a whole.” This message resonated in my mind.Read More