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Registration Opens For Ajahn Brahm’s Tour

Registration for Ajahn Brahm’s “Real Dhamma” tour is now open!

From the Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project:
Many thanks to those of you who wrote in to us with talk titles or topic suggestions. We included as many as we could without needing to arrange extra talks for Ajahn! Some people also suggested ideas for deeper Dhamma discussion, for instance, the nature of mind and materiality and the possibility of incorporating sutta studies into the retreat schedules. These suggestions have been passed on to Ajahn Brahm, so let’s simply to wait to see what unfolds – we can likely predict the unpredictable!

You can book tickets here.

News from Aloka Vihara

Friends of Aloka Vihara warmly invites you to join us for two events this year:

Ahimsa Samaneri’s Bhikkhuni Ordination
Date: August 26, 2017

Aloka Vihara’s First Kathina Ceremony
Date: October 22, 2017

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Charlotte Buddhist Vihara

Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:00 am – 2 pm

Dakkhina Dhammatthala

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11am – 5pm

Karuna Sevena

Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting 9:00 am
Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezská 3, Prostejov, CZ, E.U.

Santi Forest Monastery

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Newbury Buddhist Monastery

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Wesak Day Celebration with Ajahn Brahm


Sunday, May 28, 2017
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If you would like to list your celebration here, please contact us at

Two Openings at Sati Saraniya Hermitage for Volunteer Resident Stewards

Cooking Dana
There are 2 openings at Sati Saraniya Hermitage for volunteer resident stewards (male or female) who have:

  • a regular Dhamma practice
  • an interest in serving for at least 3 months
  • experience in spiritual community
  • a wish to deepen their practice within the monastic form

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Sakyadhita USA Board Members Visit Mahapajapati Monastery

Sakyadhita Visit at Mahapajapati Monastery
From the Mahapajapati Monastery Newsletter:
Charlotte Collins, Carol Winkelmann, and Elise DeVido, all board members of Sakyadhita USA, visited us on their way back from Sakyadhita’s one-day conference in Los Angeles, “Diversity in the Dharma: Buddhist Women Engage Race and Exclusionary Politics in America.”

Read about this and more in the May issue of the Mahapajapati Monastery Newsletter >>

Tilorien Monastery has now opened in the Belgian Ardennes!

 Tilorien Monastery
The humble beginnings of Tilorien Monastery have now started in the Belgian Ardennes. The Sangha is living in very basic conditions, in a tree house and a tent in a kind supporter’s garden.

Thanks to one of our donors, Ayya Kathrin and Ayya Vimala have created a website for the new Monastery:

We hope to be able to build a monastery building with facilities for lay visitors and a meditation room. In the mean time, you can support the nuns in various ways and if you want to come and meet us for the day, you are always welcome. Please contact us in advance.

New Book: The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi
by Vicki Mackenzie

Freda Bedi
Shambhala Review:
Freda Bedi was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911–1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author, social worker, wife, and mother of four children. She counted among her friends, colleagues, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many others. She was a woman of spiritual focus and compassion who was also not without contradictions. Vicki Mackenzie gives a nuanced view of Bedi and of the forces that shaped and motivated this complex and compelling figure. More>>

The Heart of Awakening Retreat

teachersThis week long retreat with Amma Thanasanti and Sharon Beckman-Brindely now has an option to join for the weekend.
Week long: May 12 -19
Weekend: May 12 -14

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Code Of Conduct by Bhikkhuni Kusuma is now available for purchase

Code of Conduct
This book by Bhikkhuni Kusuma presents the rules of conduct for Buddhist nuns as enshrined in the Pali Canon.

For more information and to purchase online go to

First One Day Conference of Sakyadhita USA

April 1, 2017

Location: University of the West, conference co-sponsor, in Rosemead, CA
(Rosemead is about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles)

Theme: Diversity in the Dharma: Buddhist Women Engage Race and Exclusionary Politics in America

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Meditation on the Elements – Retreat with Ayya Sobhana

DATE: March 25 – 30, 2017

This meditation retreat will be based on the inspiring Buddhist text, “The Exposition of the Elements” (Middle Length Discourses 140). We will begin by tuning into the six sense bases, and then direct our attention to the four physical elements as universal qualities, seeing the earthiness of the bones as no different than a tree, the wetness of tears no different than a river, the fire of digestion no different than a wild fire, the airy aspect of breath no different than the wind. By softening the perception of individuality in the physical body, this meditation makes space for a refined and pure consciousness to arise. We will attend to our feeling response to the impermanence in our external world due to climate change, aiming for patience, courage, equanimity and insight to face all difficulties.

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Register for the 15th Sakyadhita International Conference

The conference will be held on June 22-28, 2017 in Hong Kong and its theme is Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action. The conference highlights the diversity of contemporary Buddhist women throughout the world.

For more information and to register go to

Daily Mirror Features an Article on Ven. Bhikkhunī Tathālokā Therī

March 15, 2017

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Read the article, Restore lost glory of Bhikkhuni order An American Bhikkhuni’s plea

News from Dakkhini Dhammatthala

Shrine room and first kuti where Anagarika Pasanna is living.

From Dakkhini Dhammatthala
With the help of our wonderful supporters, our second kuti is funded and under construction. Our hearts were touched with such gladness and joy in the goodness of these kind and generous people who responded to my request for funds in less than a week!

It will be used by visiting nuns this year. In the longer term we hope to build a community of resident nuns who will stay and practice and teach sharing the wonderful Dhamma with the people in South Australia. Both kutis are intended to be transportable, as we are tenants on this land. Ultimately we hope to move them to a forest monastery somewhere in the Adelaide hills one day when the time is right for us to have some forest acreage. This second kuti has been designed to be easily disassembled to make it much easier to move. Both kutis are on stumps as transportables rather than attaching them to the ground in the manner of a permanent structure.

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New Commemorative Edition of Present Magazine is Now Online!

Present Magazine
This year is an opportunity for us to step back and look at this remarkable history, as well as to remember that this sangha is composed of individual women, each of whom has a story which has brought her to the holy life. We are now pleased to announce that we are honoring both of these perspectives in a special Commemorative Edition of Present Magazine.

We hope that these stories will contribute to the strengthening and growth of the sangha, and encourage support for that growth. We invite you to read, enjoy, share with your friends, and hopefully be inspired!

Bhikkhunis Protest Palace Ban

Bhikkhuni protest
From the Bangkok Post

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni has lodged a petition with the Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development (DWF) claiming she and a group of female monks were blocked from paying respects to the late King…

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New Article in the Lion’s Roar on the first nuns to earn “doctorates” of Tibetan Buddhism

Early in the morning, on the 22nd of December, in Mundgod, India, many monks, nuns, geshes and lay people gathered in profound silence at Drepung Monastery for a historic event. Twenty nuns from the Gelugpa school of Buddhism, from five different nunneries in India and Nepal, received their geshema degrees from the hands of the Dalai Lama himself.

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Latest news from Dakkhini Dhammatthala

New Nun
The bhikkhuni sangha is growing in Australia. Read about the Anagarika ceremony on New Year’s Eve and the finishing work on a new kuti.

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In Mahapajapati Gotami’s Footsteps: Seminar on the Leadership of Women in Buddhism


Sunday, February 26, 2017
Hosted by Dhammadharini Monastery
Penngrove, California

This is the third of four special Dhammadharini events celebrating the yearlong 2600th anniversary of Bhikkhuni Sangha, with a focus on the Arahant Bhikkhuni Mahapajapati Gotami, as the pathbreaker, leader, and mentor of the early women’s sangha. Her final Nirvana is associated with the February full moon.

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Convergence of important anniversaries

February 2017 is also the 30-year Anniversary of the founding of the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women. Especially important for Theravada Buddhism, 2017 marks the 30-year Anniversary of the Revival of the Samaneri Pabbajja ordination for women in the Theravada tradition.

Registration for the Sakyadhita Conference opens on Jan. 1, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2017 you can register for the 15th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women.

The conference will be held on June 22-28, 2016 in Hong Kong, China

The conference theme, “Contemporary Buddhist Women: Contemplation, Cultural Exchange & Social Action,” highlights the diversity of contemporary Buddhist women throughout the world.
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Auspicious New Years celebration – Anagarikā ceremony and Jhānathon

ceremonyThis New Years Eve will be the first for our community at Dakkhina Dhammatthala and we will be celebrating with two auspicious events.

Monastic aspirant, Michelle, will be taking initial steps towards the life of renunciation with her anagarikā ceremony. The Anagarikā stage is made available as a period of adjustment and usually last from 6 months to a year. It’s a period where the trainee is able to fully embrace the life of a monastic and benefit from a more pure simple existence.
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Sakyadhita USA 2017 Conference at University of the West

Register Now for the one-day Sakyadhita USA conference at University of the West, Saturday, April 1, 2017. UWest is located in the City of Rosemead, CA, about 15 miles east of Los Angeles. The theme of this conference is:

Diversity in the Dharma:
Buddhist Women Engage Race and Exclusionary Politics in America

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