In this course, Rev Wondra talks about the challenges, roles and responsibilities of women in the historical development of Buddhism. Starting with the Indian Caste system during Shakyamuni’s time to the 20th century, women have played a critical role in Buddhism in general and the Jodo Shinshu tradition as it migrated from Japan to the West.

Your Instructor

Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra


Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. Born and raised in the Shin Buddhist tradition, educated in Kyoto, Japan. Was a trade and finance professional. Changed career midlife. Received a Ph.D. in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, ordained at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan and is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS).