The Tibetan Nun Mingyur Peldrön: A Woman of Power and Privilege
By Alison Melnick Dyer
University of Washington Press, forthcoming July 2022
Born to a powerful family and educated at a prominent monastery, the Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher Mingyur Peldrön (1699-1769) leveraged her privileged status and overcame significant adversity to play a central role in the reconstruction of her religious community. Alison Melnick Dyer employs literary and historical analysis, centered on a biography written by the nun’s disciple, to consider how privilege influences individual authority, how authoritative Buddhist women have negotiated their positions and situations, and how the lives of historical Buddhist women are (and are not) memorialized by their communities.