Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Professor Findly

Second Advisor

Professor Desmangles


In my thesis I argued that American women are changing Buddhism by incorporating Western ideas into the tradition, and that Buddhism changes Americans by giving them modern principles and teachings. I gave descriptions of eight women, half ordained nuns and half Buddhist teachers, to show what they are doing to change and “Americanize” the religion. In the final chapter, I gave abortion as a case study to how Buddhist principles are being used to help American women cope with an abortion. This except is from the chapter on abortion.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Religion.