In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

Bhikkhuni pray on Nov. 21 at Songdhammakalyani monastery in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, born in England, has devoted her life to attaining enlightenment in a female form — at one stage spending years isolated in a cave in the Himalayas to follow the rigorous path of the most devoted yogis. She later founded a nunnery in India focused on giving women in Tibetan Buddhism some of the same opportunities reserved for monks.