Joanna Macy A Unique Asset

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1. Introduction “If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear,” was once said by the Buddhist scholar, Joanna Macy. Not only is Joanna Macy a unique asset to Buddhism because she is a woman, but she is also American-born. Macy is not alone in possessing these two qualities, she is joined by another woman, Ayyā Gotami (Prem Suskawat) who goes by Dr. Gotami. Both of these women have different backgrounds, and different lifestyles, but they are both important to Buddhism. Although being a Buddhist woman is a unique attribute, it is the lives of these women and their work that sets them apart from the crowd. Joanna Macy is known for being a voice in the movements for justice, peace, and ecology. She is an author and is also known for holding trainings and workshops that have been attended by many thousands of people. Dr. Gotami is known for her work of integrating Buddhist teachings with western psychology in order to treat social ills. 2. Joanna Macy Joanna Macy was born in Southern California in 1929, she graduated from Wellesley College in 1950, and then in 1978, achieved her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University. She is an international spokesperson for anti-nuclear causes, environmentalism, justice, and peace. Macy travels all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia to give lectures, workshops and trainings. She currently lives in

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