Teachings, Interviews & More

Welcome to the Alliance for Bhikkhunis! As our mission is to support and protect the development of the International Bhikkhuni Sangha, our web presence not only facilitates bhikkhunis to apply for and receive financial support, but is also a venue for sharing their wisdom and their unique contribution of leadership in the Theravada Sangha.

A regular web feature will be Dear Ayye (the vocative form of a bhikkhuni’s title), answering the frequently and not-so-frequently asked questions of bhikkhunis. Be sure to send us yours. We will always offer a second feature relevant to the worldwide Bhikkhuni Sangha—an interview, a teaching, or an academic paper. We seek work that reflects the diverse cultural and regional perspectives of Theravada Buddhist monastic and lay practitioners; we also invite submissions from new and emerging monastic and lay writers. While not limited to the publication of female contributors, we particularly encourage submission by women. The Alliance for Bhikkhunis is committed to helping Theravada Buddhist monastic and lay voices be heard. Send questions, ideas, photos and submissions to info@bhikkhuni.net.

We truly look forward to this collaboration with you to support the revival of female monasticism. In metta,  the Alliance for Bhikkhunis Board

Photo Credits:

slide 1: Photo by Carol Annable; Procession to begin ordination of bhikkhuni candidates
slide 2:  Photo by Carol Annable; Bhikkhunis Rattanavali, Silananda, Dhammamitta
slide 2: The Pluralism Project http://www.pluralism.org/photosets/view/1128
Venerable Sudhamma Bhikkhuni receives the honor of carrying the Buddhist relic at one of the inauguration celebrations held at the Wat Lao Buddharam Temple in Charlotte, North Carolina.
slide 4: Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni http://www.flickr.com/photos/25760881@N08/

Dear Ayye: Questions for Bhikkhunis

Venerable Ayya Tathaaloka Explores the Question: Is Buddhism Patriarchal? There can be many ways to answer a single question.  Some answers are questions themselves. I would ask, “If a religion or philosophy, a teaching or way of life is founded by a man, does that mean it is patriarchal?”  My thought would be no. Another […]

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Ordained Buddhist Women in Britain

When I envisaged studying for a PhD, I always imagined myself going somewhere warm and sunny. I did not picture myself at 5am on a cold, rainy November morning driving alone on one of the largest motorways in Britain trying to find a Buddhist monastery in the dark. Yet after a chance meeting with a […]

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