Susan Pembroke

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Susan Pembroke is the founder and president of Alliance for Bhikkhunis. She works as a psychotherapist and is also founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation of Ventura. Susan Pembroke began meditating in 1986 and has studied with a number of teachers within the Buddhist Theravada tradition. She was drawn to the Jhanas (states of concentration) and studied these meditative absorptions with Ayya Khema.

The Alliance for Bhikkhunis was formed to support monastic Theravada women in the United States and abroad who are fully ordained or seeking ordination. One of Ayya Khema's enduring concerns was the revival and support of the bhikkhuni sangha. This organization is a continuation of her efforts. Heading the Alliance for Bhikkhunis is Susan's way of showing gratitude to Ayya Khema and honoring her memory.

She has written several articles about bhikkhuni ordination, including "Where are the Women Monastics?"

She is a 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards.


  • President's Letter Spring 2008 issue, Present.