Once a year, we pay respect to the Bhikkhuni Sangha, honoring their essential role in preserving the Dhamma by holding International Bhikkhuni Day (IBD). On this day we select a bhikkhuni or bhikkhunis who exemplify the utmost role modeling to the Bhikkhuni Sangha.
This year September 21, 2013 has been chosen as the 3rd annual International Bhikkhuni Day, the annual educational and fundraising event. After careful review and reflection, the Alliance For Bhikkhunis Board of Directors has selected the Seven Enlightened Theris of Early Buddhism (also known as the Seven Sisters) as this year’s honorees.
Alliance for Bhikkhunis (AfB) is looking for IBD ambassadors and volunteers now to join in this annual day of respect by holding an IBD event in your local community, honoring the Seven Sisters. If you feel a heart connection to the cause of supporting the revival of Theravada Bhikkhunis and would like to be part of the AfB mission, please consider helping out as an IBD ambassador and host for a day this year, no matter where you live in the world!
Though International Bhikkhuni Day falls on September 21, your community can choose any day in September, October, November or beyond to celebrate with a Dhamma talk, retreat, puja or simple meditation with other Dhamma communities around the world. The idea is to teach people and raise awareness about bhikkhunis, their history and their important role in the Fourfold Assembly! Celebrations will range from formal events in temples to discussing the feminine in Buddhism over a cup of tea.
Here are some tools and suggestion you can use to create an informative and transformative local retreat (in addition to resources found under the 1st and 2nd Annual International Bhikkhuni Day Tabs.)