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Michaela Haas
Michaela Haas, PhD, is the author of the forthcoming book Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs (Atria/Enliven, October 2015), the first book about posttraumatic growth from a survivor's perspective, and Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West (Shambhala Publications, 2013).

With a PhD in Asian Studies, she has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West and various centers in America and Europe. An international reporter, lecturer and consultant, she is the founder of Haas live! Communication Coaching Consulting, a coaching company which specializes in media and mindfulness training for business leaders and media professionals. She is also a TV-host, interviewer and documentary filmmaker who has hosted numerous successful live talk-shows and political broadcasts in Germany.

She has lived in Asia for many years as a reporter and has often reported on issues like trafficking, poverty, and child labor. This inspired her to become a media consultant for non-profits like Lotus Outreach, an international non-profit that focuses on the education and well-being of villagers, particularly girls, in the poorest parts of Asia.

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Entries by Michaela Haas

Trouble in Paradise

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:50 PM

An interview with Venerable Pannavati about her Christian-Buddhist path, why there are not more Blacks in Buddhism, and her push for girls, women, and "Untouchables."

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk...

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Where Literacy Founders in Cambodia, Young Teachers Are Turning Things Around

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:05 PM

What if only one in 100 women where you lived knew how to read? That is the situation among Phnong-speaking people in the remote area of Mondulkiri, Cambodia. But an innovative program is making education spread like wildfire!

@Lotus Outreach


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Women's Wisdom for the Modern World: Translating the age-old Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom Into a Pragmatic Path for Western Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 10:37 AM

How exactly does motherhood fit in with Buddhism? This is a question many women face when juggling a family life, a job and the sincere aspiration to follow a spiritual path. The charismatic American Buddhist teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione raised this question when she found herself, as she puts it,...

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'Radically Working With Your Own Mind': Women's Wisdom by Ven. Robina Courtin

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 12:10 PM

What I find most inspiring about accomplished Buddhist teachers is how they live Buddhist wisdom in everyday life, how they carry themselves not only on the teaching throne, but in personally challenging situations, how they deal with the messy stuff. What can we learn from them?

Ven. Robina...

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The Dalai Lama: 'This Century Should Be the Century of Love and Compassion'

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Sangye Khandro has translated and mastered some of the most profound Buddhist teachings. Born as a Mormon in Oregon as Nanci Gay Gustafson, she became one of the earliest Americans to explore the community of Tibetan refugees in North India in the early seventies. Many times I have heard her...

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Learning to Break Free: Women's Wisdom for the Modern World by Khandro Rinpoche

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:26 PM

A young Tibetan uses her unique status to empower Buddhist women in the East and West.

Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche's position in the Buddhist world is entirely unique. She is one of the very few fully trained female incarnations in the Tibetan tradition. Born in 1968 as the daughter of the...

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Women's Wisdom, Part 3: Pema Chödrön's Birthday Wish -- Practicing Peace

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Facing what scares us is Pema Chödrön's signature topic. A glance at the book and audio titles of the most beloved female Western Buddhist teacher provides a first-aid kit for handling life: When Things Fall Apart, we have No Time to Lose so that we Start Where We Are, and...

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Pomp & Circumstance in Rural Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:59 PM

Empowering girls to access higher education, Lotus Outreach works to replenish educated citizenry 30 years after it was decimated during Khmer Rouge genocide and celebrates its first graduating class of college students in Cambodia, marking a turning point in Cambodia's decades-long tumultuous history.

This June, approximately 800,000 college seniors will...

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Restoring Balance: Women's Wisdom for the Modern World

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 10:49 AM

Recently ,His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama made headlines when he enthusiastically supported the idea of choosing a female successor.

The first Western Buddhist woman who swore to attain enlightenment in a female body was Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, who became famous worldwide through...

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The True Meaning of Forgiveness: Women's Wisdom for the Modern World

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Venerable Thubten Chodron is the author of "Buddhism for Beginners" and founding abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery for Westerners in America. Thubten Chodron gave this short teaching well before the Boston Marathon Tragedy, but her words about "The True...

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A Female Dalai Lama? Why It Matters

(47) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:08 PM

There is no hope for a female pope, but there might be one for a female Buddhist leader.

When Pope Francis washed the feet of two young women during Easter, this provoked the criticism of conservative Catholics who pointed out that the liturgies only allow men's feet...

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The Killing Fields of Today: Cambodia's Landmine Problem Rages On

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 5:07 PM

On April 4, 2013, the world will mark the 8th annual United Nations International Day of Mine Awareness, a global observance designed to grow the movement to ban anti-personnel landmines, promote disarmament and clearance, and provide victim services. Lotus Outreach International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicating to enhancing education...

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10 Tibetan Buddhist Women You Need to Know

(18) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Many of us dream of exchanging our day-to-day responsibilities for a heartfelt life full of purpose, but few of us ever get around to doing something about it. The women featured here are the exception. They followed their intuition against all odds, made dramatic and unusual decisions and sometimes had...

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Shit Happens: Breaking the Silence on Fecal Contamination

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:49 AM

On 20th Anniversary of World Water Day, Lotus Outreach Works to Increase Awareness on Linkages Between Waterborne Illness and Open Defecation, Poor Hygiene in Rural Cambodia

On May 22, 2013, the international community marks the 20th anniversary of World Water Day, established at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment...

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Cure for Environmental Fatigue: A Conference on Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 4:33 PM

A recent global poll by UK-based research firm Globescan suggests that when it comes to environmental crises, people around the world are becoming less worried. Oddly, the general level of concern in the 22 countries polled seems to be going down, just as the problems are rising. Air...

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The Government Has Guns, She Has A Pen: Tibetan Poet Tsering Woeser

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:40 PM

This International Women's Day, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will honor ten courageous women, some of which have risked their lives to expose abuse and injustice.

Among these women is one fearless Tibetan poet, Tsering Woeser. As the U.S. Department of State acknowledges:...

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The F Word in Buddhism: 'Daughters of the Buddha' Discuss How Buddhist Women Can Achieve Equality

(62) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Patricia Zenn already had a religion when she grew up in Malibu: surfing. But as she was constantly teased by her classmates about her family name ("Are you Buddhist or what?"), curiosity led her to borrow a book about Buddhism when she was only 11 years old. To her surprise,...

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A Rebel Nun? Rather, an Angel in a Rough Patch of Hollywood!

(18) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 11:12 AM

A visit with Sister Margaret Farrell at the Covenant House in Los Angeles.

On a bright sunny afternoon at two o'clock, a half-naked young man breaks through the electronically secured doors of the Covenant House in North Hollywood. Blood gushes from wounds on his shaved head and neck....

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It's Called 'Dog Whisperer,' Not 'Dog Wrangler'

(44) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 12:40 PM

This summer, we conducted an unofficial (and involuntary) experiment: Take one unsocialized Rottweiler and see what five different dog trainers will do with it! When we first met three-year-old Molly at a local rescue group, she was wild and completely untrained, but she seemed sweet and longing to please. Apparently,...

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'Pissed Off' in Rural India

(29) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 12:34 PM

Recently The New York Times highlighted a subject that, though considered taboo in the West, represents a critical human rights issue in the East: lack of access to toilets. The article, written by Jim Yardley, showcased the novel "Right to Pee" campaign in Mumbai which is working to...

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