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2019 – 18th Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA) Ceremony in Thailand

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2018 Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA) Ceremony held at the International Women’s Meditation Center in Rayong, Thailand on March 07 – 11, 2018.  In 2018, totally 23 women from around the world will be honored for their exceptional contributions to Buddhism. As a result, that was the 17th year organized this event. Meanwhile, OWBA was held at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok for 4 consecutive years. Therefore, Outstanding Buddhism Awards Thailand, it enters the grassroots and is an international movement empowering Buddhist Woman. In 2018 Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards Ceremony organized under the leadership by the President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards, Abbess of the International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation in Thailand, Senior Consultant of Mettavalokanaya International Buddhist Magazine and Bhikkhunis International Buddhist Magazine, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee.

The event supported by President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards (OWBA), Honorary President of the Chinese Character Education Promotion Association, Deputy President of the World Alliance of Buddhists (WAB) and Chairman of Women Development Committee, The Former President of Chinese Young Buddhist Association in Taiwan (CYBA), Vice of President International Women Meditation Center Foundation, International Chairman & Coordinator of Mahasanghadana in Taiwan, Founder of First Merits Goodness Awards Taiwan and Other Countries & Dignified Adviser of Mettavalokanaya International Buddhist Magazine and Bhikkhunis International Buddhist Magazine, Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu.

Events

The organizing committee decided to be held Tzu Chi Meditation Hall Opening Ceremony, Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards, Buddhism & Psychology Workshop & Tour of Samed Island activities on the occasion.  Because, this year supporting and co-operating organizations are International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation, Global Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, Chinese Young Buddhist Association, Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, Tzu Chi Buddhist Compassion Relief Foundation, Thai Maechee Institute, Tann Phunkamon Wongsawat Foundation, Anatta Foundation, Buddha Satri Foundation & Thai Nuns’ Organizational & Development Group.

Establishment 

Two Buddhist nuns, Thai Bhikkhuni Rattanavali and American Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee, got the idea to develop an award in honor of Buddhist women’s accomplishments on the United Nation’s International Women’s Day. Next, according to this idea arose in March 2001 after the nuns attended two events. First, (1) The Outstanding Women’s Awards in Thailand organized by the Gender and Development Research Institute and, (2) an invited speech offered by Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee at the United Nations Auditorium in honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2001.

2018 – 17th Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards Winners…. (Totally 27 winners)

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01 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Kuan Chien – Taiwan

02 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Zi De – Taiwan

03 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Zhi Shan – Taiwan

04 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Sing Kan – Malaysia

05 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Soon O – Korea

06 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Whajeong – Korea

07 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Ming Dao – China

08 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Yang Li – China

09 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Susila – USA

10 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Tu Nhan – Vietnam

11 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dieu Canh – Vietnam

12 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dieu Nghia – Vietnam

13- Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Huong Nhu – Vietnam

14 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Nhu Nguyet – (Nguyen Thi Thu Ha) – Vietnam

15 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Nhu Nguyet – (Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Nguyet) – Vietnam

16 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Hue Duc – Vietnam

17 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Hue Tu – Vietnam

18 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Hue Tuyen – Vietnam

19 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Nhu Uyen – Vietnam

20 – Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Patama – Thailand

21 – Dr. Christie Yu-Ling Chang – Taiwan

22 – Dr. Hnin Hnin Aye – Myanmar

23 – Jui-Chu Chen – Taiwan

24 – Maechee Duangsamorn Boonrot – Thailand

25 – Melinda Han-Hsuan Chang – Taiwan

26 – Su-Hua Yu – Taiwan

27 – Susan Hsu-Tuan Yu – Taiwan

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