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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!
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…
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.
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.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Hosted by Dhammadharini Monastery
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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