Did you know that bhikkhunis, because of the Vinaya (code of monastic disciplinary rules) cannot directly ask lay practitioners to address even their most basic needs? However, lay people are able to invite (Pavarana) their requests and respond as they are able. Alliance for Bhikkhunis has made that Pavarana to bhikkhunis. We have posted an invitation to bhikkhunis, along with an application and guidelines to be used to request support for things they may need. As we hear from them, we will post their requests below and will support them depending on available funds and the donations we receive. At the ground level, bhikkhuni hermitages and monasteries badly need our help with their daily expenses both in the US and abroad.
If you see a specific project you would like to support, you may do so by following these instructions:
To make a donation online, go to one of the projects listed below and click “Donate”. These buttons are linked to the specific project. If you would like to contribute to the general fund, please use the button on the top right of any page.
You may also make donations by check mailed to:
Alliance for Bhikkhunis
PO Box 90854
San Diego, CA 92169
Please designate whether you would like to support a particular project, or if you are happy for your donation to go into the general fund.
Your donations are tax deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
Donations of any amount are appreciated!
Please consider contributing to the following funds and projects:
AFB draws on this essential fund in response to specific one-time requests. It has been used to support the growth of bhikkhuni monasteries by contributing towards their repair, construction and purchase. It is frequently used for travel to ordinations, conferences and retreats, without which bhikkhunis would have no means to attend. These monies are critical for anything from fixing broken plumbing to the financial support of important bhikkhuni publications.
In October 2015 Ajahn Brahm asked Venerable Canda of Dhammasara monastery Perth, to take steps towards establishing a monastery in the UK. In response to this, Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project was born.
Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project aims to promote the teachings and practices of Early Buddhism, through establishing a Bhikkhuni presence in the UK.
Location: Sri Lanka
The number of Theravada Bhikkhunis are growing steadily in Sri Lanka. However, conducive conditions and opportunities to practice meditation are extremely rare for the Bhikkhunis in the country. Most bhikkhunis live in small lodgings surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city suburbs. Thus a project has been initiated to build retreat lodgings (kutis) affiliated to Nelligala International Buddhist Centre located at an inspiring and serene location, on top of a mountain outside of Kandy, Sri Lanka. These lodgings are for both local and international Bhikkhunis to use for the practice of meditation and furthering their spiritual path. A generous supporter has loaned $20,000 for the cost of the land and the building of the first retreat kutis. The land has now been successfully purchased. However, funds are needed to repay this loan.
Please consider donating:
Please send checks to:
Alliance for Bhikkhunis
PO Box 90854
San Diego, CA 92169
Location: Sri Lanka
Padukka Mathika Matha Bhikkhuni Aramaya in Sri Lanka was built fifty years ago and is now quite dilapidated. Although the three-fold shrine has been rebuilt, the kutis are no longer usable and Bhikkuni H. Supeshala, one of the winners of the 2006 United Nations Award for Outstanding Women in Buddhism in Southeast Asia, has requested much needed assistance to complete these lodgings.
On December 19, 2016 she gave thanks and an update on the construction:
Your continuous effort to send the contributions towards my project is indeed of great help to me. Much merit to all the donors for their generous contributions. With the donations I received from you, the tiling of the verandah has been completed and we had a ceremony to ordain a nun in that premises last Monday.
I am happy to inform you that I intend to start construction of the upper floor in the near future.
May the Noble Triple Gem bless you and everyone in your organization and most importantly all the donors who has contributed so generously for this project. May you all attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!!!
Location: Pioneertown, CA
From Mahaprajapati’s website:
The monastery is in Pioneertown, California, on eighty acres of high desert in the southern part of the state. Founded in 2007 by Therese Duchesne, Mahapajapati Monastery has been under the guidance of Ayya Gunasari as abbess and spiritual director since that time.
The monastery’s primary purpose is to give women the opportunity to ordain as bhikkhunis—fully ordained Buddhist nuns—and to practice in accordance with the Dhamma and the rules of monastic discipline taught by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. We believe that by living and practicing in this way, we can be of the greatest benefit to ourselves and to society as a whole by improving our own hearts and minds and helping others to do the same. Currently there are one bhikkhuni, one thilashin, an anagarika, and a laywoman in residence.
The kutis for which AfB fundraised have now been finished and the monastery is flourishing. However, funds are still needed for property taxes (one of the main expenses), for fixtures in the kutis (such as window blinds), liability and fire insurance, or for any of the requisites that the new ordinands may need.
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From Ayya Tathaaloka:
March 11, 2016
After more than a year of searching, on this past full moon, the lunar anniversary of Mahapajapati Gotami’s Parinibbana and Sangha Day / Asalha Puja, our Dhammadharini Support Foundation put a bid on a property that looks like it has good potential for a longterm, owned bhikkhuni vihara/monastery. Although there were many offers, our bid was accepted, perhaps because the sellers like the Buddha, whose image we saw in several of the rooms.
This property is 6791 Sturtevant in Penngrove CA. It is easily accessible by bus and very soon by SMART train, equidistant 90 mins between our largest groups of friends and supporters in the San Francisco East Bay, Sacramento and our Aranya Bodhi Hermitage, and equidistant between our growing number of local friends and participants in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Petaluma — accessible to all. Originally built as a group home, it is on flat terrain and handicap accessible, with 4 bedrooms + 4 additional rooms currently being used as bedrooms, as well as with a second living room to use as a meditation hall. The property is large enough to be able to develop a little further and to make a nice meditation garden and teacher’s cabin. It is at the foot of Sonoma Mountain, a half mile from Sonoma State University were we will be able to offer programs (as has been wished for several years), and a half mile from the new Sonoma Mountain Eco-village (SOMO), where we could walk for pindapata.
Location: Placerville, CA
From Saranaloka’s website:
Since purchasing our 17-acre property and house in January 2015, we have been busy making improvements to create a monastery from what was originally a single-family home. We’re off to a good start . . . and we’re also learning how much more work lies ahead! It is exciting to be making our vision real: to create a forest monastery where women live together and train as bhikkhunis in the Theravada tradition.
Our focus now is on renovating the nuns’ living quarters to allow the resident community to grow and flourish.
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Location: New Zealand, Jan 2017, hosted by the NZ Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust
Estimated Need for Funding: $5000
With the contemporary and spreading revival of the Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha, knowledge of the monastic precepts and disciple of Theravada bhikkhunis now comes to be of great interest and importance.
In 2012, the Alliance for Bhikkhunis seeded a request in support of an international team of monastics to create a new, digitized and freely available translation of the Bhikkhuni Vibhanga of the Pali texts. This project entails reviewing all available comparative Vinaya resources, providing full and clear references across Buddhist traditions. Also known as the “Analysis and Explication” of the monastic precepts, the Vibhanga comprises a full half of the Buddhist Monastic Code of Discipline. The Bhikkhuni Vibhanga is the explication and analysis of the unique discipline developed within and for the ancient bhikkhunis’ communities themselves. Funds are needed for the 2017 third session of the Bhikkhuni Vibhanga Project Read More >>
Medical care is one of the four requisites that the Buddha specified as required for living a monastic life. (The others are food, clothing, and shelter) We currently cover health insurance for one bhikkhuni. This need is ongoing and we welcome your support for the monastic medical fund.
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Location: Karuna Sevena, Prostějov, Czech Republic
At long last, the attic of Karuṇā Sevena has now been transformed into a shrine room to host meditation groups. The construction of the meditation room is nearing completion. The rough structure of the shrine is done, as well as the windows. A roof is insulated and covered and is expected to be finished soon. Work started on the interior. If all goes well, it is anticipated that the completion would be just on time for the upcoming Vesakhā festival season.
In addition, Ivona Mollberg, MBA, President of Karuṇā Sevena, writes, “During the reconstruction of ārāma Karunā Sevena, we were approached by a neighbour, offering us his adjacent house for a purchase. This is a unique opportunity for meditators in various ways, as it would make the stay in ārāma much more comfortable. Attached is more information about the project.
If you want to participate in any way, please let us know on the following address: email@example.com. We are looking for a manager and donors or somebody who would help with meditation.
Please specify how you want Karuna Sevena to use your donation on the third PayPal screen, in the field where it says, “Add special instructions to the seller”. Thank you.
Location: Belgian Ardennes
From the Tilorien website:
In April 2017, the humble beginning of Tilorien Monastery were formed in the Belgian Ardennes. The Sangha is now living in very basic conditions, in a tree house and a tent in a kind supporter’s garden.
We hope to be able to build a monastery building with facilities for lay visitors and a meditation room. More >>
In addition to your continued generous donations, we invite you to spread the word about bhikkhunis and AfB at your local sangha or community group and help coordinate IBD locally. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Much Metta and Gratitude,
Alliance for Bhikkhunis Board of Directors