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Meet Emma Slade
A Spiritual Journey
from West to East

‘'I have been given a unique opportunity to combine being born as a female in the West with being trained by Lamas in the East. I hope this will allow me to bring benefit to many beings"

Emma is the first Western woman to be fully ordained in the Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Bhutan. She was given getsulma vows by HH Dorji Lopen at Punakha dzong at Losar in 2014 after having already lived under vows for two years.

Emma Slade receiving Point of Light Award with the Foreign Minister of Bhutan

Emma receiving the Point of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister with the Foreign Minister of Bhutan and Michael Rutland OBE


Emma Slade - First western woman to be fully ordained as a Buddhist Nun in Bhutan

Emma was born in Kent, and was educated at Cambridge University and the University of London where she gained a First Class degree.  She is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and worked in Fund Management in London, New York, and Hong Kong. 

A deep seated desire to enquire into the deeper aspects of humanity arise following a life- changing business trip to Jakarta, where she was held hostage at gunpoint. She resigned from her financial career and exploring yoga and meditation and methods of wellbeing with the ultimate aim of turning a traumatic episode into wisdom and conditions for thriving. 

She qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga teacher in 2003 and, over the last 19 years,  has run numerous yoga workshops and retreats. 

Her interest in Buddhism as a science of the mind strengthened after meeting a Buddhist Lama (teacher) on her first visit to Bhutan in 2011. This crucial chance meeting led to her studying Buddhism with this Lama and, eventually, led to her becoming the first and only Western woman to be ordained in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan as a Buddhist nun.


Emma talks about her path to buddhist, and the situation in which she found herself which caused this change.