About Brigitte D'Ortschy

Brigitte D'Ortschy, or Koun-An Doru Chiko, was an architect, journalist, translator, author, and the first Zen master from Germany in the Sanbo Kyodan school of Japan.
Tara (Buddhist Deity) - (Atisha, 21 Taras)

Renowned female Buddhist spiritual leaders

The rise of in the world has provided women with a chance to take on new roles in the Buddhist tradition. Women have become more involved in movements to restore the ordination lineages for nuns in the Theravada and Vajrayana traditions. This has been a major part of the transformation of Buddhism globally, as women are now seen more often as practitioners and teachers. While Asian Buddhist women have already made their mark in Buddhist history, .
Thích Nhất Hạnh leading a namo avalokiteshvaraya chanting session

The most prominent Zen Buddhist spiritual teachers

is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty, known as the Chan School, and later developed into various sub-schools and branches. From China, Chán spread south to Vietnam and became Vietnamese Thiền, northeast to Korea to become Seon Buddhism, and east to Japan, becoming Japanese Zen. Zen teachers often promote diaphragmatic breathing, stating that the breath must come from the lower abdomen (known as hara or tanden in .