We Are Building American Buddhism

Women in Buddhism


As a core teaching, Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz emphasized that the empowerment of women is the key to creating an enlightened American society. Recognizing the hierarchical and male-dominated nature of imported Buddhist culture, the Foundation champions the cause of women’s leadership in American Buddhist communities and organizations.

In Dr. Lenz’s Words

"Enlightenment comes through the feminine side of the being."

"The most important problem for our world to solve is the inequality of men and women."

"When women come into their full power, a balance will occur which has not been seen for so long that no one remembers it."

"Until women assume their rightful place on earth there will never be an end to wars, cruelty and oppression."

            -- Insights: Talks on the Nature of Existence, "Why Don't More Women Attain Enlightenment?"

What We Fund

We provide general-assistance and restricted grants and program-related investments to innovative programs and initiatives focused on women in Buddhism. Such programs are by and about women. We award four grants per year in support of this topic to organizations that fall within the range of our grant policy.   

Starting in 2020, the grant amount was doubled from $2,500 to up to $5,000. 

Please note: the Women In Buddhism grant category has been temporarily suspended for 2021 in favor of our emergency sustainability grant making program.

Recipients of Women in Buddhism grants are listed on the Grant Activity page.