gathering of "Nuns in the West" May 23-26, 2003 was
hosted by Hsi lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights, CA... In monastic
dialogue 'East' often refers to the inner life and 'West' to the outer
life. What does it mean when Western nuns who have gone more contemplative
and tending to their inner life and eastern nuns have come west and
are now socially engaged? What can we learn from each other?
Can we bring the best from our traditions and be an example of the
monastic way of life for the West?