This is a new resource to keep you informed of Theravada bhikkhuni news worldwide. It provides information on recent ordinations, monastery updates, bhikkhuni events, and more. Visit to read the latest news on the growth of the emerging Theravada bhikkhuni sangha and its increasing influence in this world.
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Through a video link, this newsletter explores Amma Thanasanti’s experiences and insights after disrobing. She writes, “In just shy of three months a lot has happened. I have disrobed, transitioned to being a lay teacher and have a robust Fall schedule lined up.”
These Fall events are listed.
From the Tilorien Monastery website:
After a long period of waiting and practising patience—the plans for the monastery being refused by the council a few times for not fitting the regulations—finally the building permit has now been granted! Tilorien Monastery will indeed become a reality!
More on the project >>
Read this article from the Nikkei Asian Review on the growth and struggle of bhikkhkunis in Thailand.
From ABP’s Newsletter #10, July 2017
Since registration opened for Ajahn Brahm’s “Real Dhamma” tour, bookings have been following a similar pattern to last year’s sell-out event, which received a huge amount of positive feedback! Our three-day residential is being snapped up fastest, so if you are travelling to London from further afield, be sure to register soon.
Read more on this and other news from ABP >>
From Mahapajapati Monastery’s July Newsletter:
We were happy to welcome a new novice nun into the Theravada women’s monastic sangha: Samaneri Dhammadipa’s pabbajja was held at Sambuddhaloka Buddhist Vihara, with Bhante Saranasiri as her preceptor. Ayya Gunasari and Samaneri Parayana were happy to join Ayya Susila, Ayya Uttama, and Ayya Chanda, as well as many monks, in supporting Samaneri Dhammadipa in choosing this path of virtue, simplicity, and devotion to the Buddha’s teachings.
From Dakkhina Dhammatthala’s Newsletter:
This is our kuti garden now. What began as a garden with a single shrine room in early 2016 has grown with our community. Now the garden accommodates two kutis. Which provide facilities for our nuns to practice and to share with our growing community.
It is peaceful and serene in this garden. A nice place to invite the community to meditate. It is my aspiration that we see this garden continue to grow as a place of refuge, a place of goodness in the world, a place of safety and I hope to see more community members enjoy the peaceful space. It is my wish that we nuns in this garden are a kindness, an inspiration, a good influence for all who come to visit and practice.
We thank all of our generous donors who came forward so quickly to help us support the growing Sangha at Dakkhina Dhammatthala. Thanks also to John our builder who worked with us over several months.
We held a day-long retreat here last month for 10 people and two nuns.
Even with the kutis there are enough places and spaces in our garden for everyone during walking meditation practice.
Our trainee nun, Anagarika Pasanna, is using the first kuti. It’s a perfect place for her to meditate, do her sutta studies, take on-line pali classes and to work on maintaining the Buddhist Society of South Australia website.
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.
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
Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:00 am – 2 pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017
11am – 5pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting 9:00 am
Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezská 3, Prostejov, CZ, E.U.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 2 openings at Sati Saraniya Hermitage for volunteer resident stewards (male or female) who have:
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 >>
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: tilorien.org.
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.
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>>
This 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
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 http://www.online.buddhistcc.com/books/code-of-conduct-detail.html
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
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.
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 http://www.sakyadhita.org/conferences/15th-si-con.html
Read the article, Restore lost glory of Bhikkhuni order An American Bhikkhuni’s plea