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"Practice is in every day life, not just sitting on the cushion," Dagmola says.

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Women milk the yaks before the men or children take them up the mountains to graze.

Women are also in charge of cooking the meals and taking care of the children. I have entered over a hundred Tibetans homes over the years and each one I was greeted by a woman giving me a cup of milk or butter tea.

Dagmola Kusho Sakya Dagmola Sakya is one of the very few senior Tibetan ladies who were born in pre-Communist Tibet, but are now recognized as outstanding teachers and live in America.

Together with her husband, the renowned Dagchen Rinpoche, she established a beautiful monastery in Seattle and teaches around the world.

Born in 1967 as the daughter of the late Kyabjé Mindrolling Trichen, she, her younger sister and her mother were the only women growing up among 400 monks at her father's monastery in India.

The Mindrolling lineage is one of the rare Tibetan traditions that do not distinguish between male and female heirs.

Here are ten extraordinary female teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, who have transformed the way Buddhism is viewed in America (more information in the new book "Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West"). Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche's position in the Buddhist world is entirely unique.

She is one of the very few fully trained female Rinpoches ("precious masters") in the Tibetan tradition.

In many cultures women are responsible for making clothes, but in most of the Tibetan homes I have visited men have been the ones who make clothes.

It is still common for Tibetan women who come from nomad families to get married at age 16 or 17.

Along with tea, the women also offer fresh bread, momo's or dried yak meat to their guests.

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