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November 17, 2015


Feminist Scholar and Dharma Teacher Rita Gross Passes Away

Called a “feminist foremother in the field of women and religion and Buddhist feminist theologian” (, Lopon Rita M. Gross, PhD, died on November 11, 2015. After a serious stroke last month, she went into hospice care in her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she remained until her death last week.

RitaGross-bio-300pxDr. Gross visited San Francisco Zen Center several times over the years as a guest lecturer, and here as elsewhere, her loss is deeply mourned.

Trained in Tibetan Buddhsim, she was appointed to the position of lopon (senior dharma teacher) by Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. She specialized in bringing together the values and perspective of academic research and Buddhist dharma teachings.

For more about Dr. Gross and her writings and work, see these sources:


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  1. Barbara Marion Horn
    Nov 18 2015

    I met Rita at a Naropa Conference in the 80’s. In addition to her skillful writing, she was a warm and welcoming person. I felt better for having met her. May she rest in peace. May her loved ones be surrounded by comfort and compassion.


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