With donated funds we have been able to offer support to bhikkhuni communities around the world. Here (in chronological order) are the projects your donations have supported in 2012. We express our sincere appreciation to everyone who offered dana in money or in volunteer time to support these projects!
AfB is the steward of a fund by a generous donor designated to pay health care premiums and medical bills for members in good standing of the North American Bhikkhuni Association. This year the fund covered health care premiums for two bhikkhunis. (Note: as the fund goes down, we welcome donations to this account.)
Saranaloka Foundation is a nonprofit stewardship organization that was started in 2005 by a group of Buddhist lay practitioners for the purpose of bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns to the United States to visit and teach, and to establish a training monastery for women. The video is a story of developing a place of respect and opportunity for nuns, and the story of Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta and their path to becoming bhikkhunis. AfB made a contribution toward the production of the video which was shown at the recent Sakyadhita Conference in India. It can be viewed at: http://saranaloka.org/about/videos/.
Last year AfB was pleased to be able to make a small contribution toward construction of the new temple at Sati Saraniya Hermitage in Ontario, Canada. We have followed the progress on their website http://satisaraniya.ca/ and were happy to hear from Abbess Ayya Medhanandi in June, 2013 of the opening and blessing ceremony for the new temple.
Alliance for Bhikkhunis was able to donate some funds for the establishment of a proper training centre in the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo, with in-house training facilities for about 20-30 persons at a time. The training courses will be conducted by senior bhikkhus and bhikkhunis, as well as lay teachers who are well versed in Buddha Dhamma, meditational practices, social service, psychology, environmental conservation, and the English language. The centre will be purely for bhikkhunis and ten-precept nuns who will receive a comprehensive and sound training in all aspects that will enable them to go back to their respective villages (sometimes in very remote areas) and be well equipped to become spiritual leaders who will be able to guide others in society.
Organizers of the International Bhikkhuni Day in the UK had been in contact with Bhikkuni Visuddhi in the Czech Republic and wished to have her come do a teaching. In keeping with our goal of education, AfB paid for the airfare for Bhikkhuni Visuddhi to travel from the Czech Republic to the UK.
13th Sakyadhita Annual International Conference on Buddhist Women in Vaishali (Bihar) India, January 5-12, 2013. Sakyadhita, “Daughters of the Buddha,” is the world’s leading international organization of Buddhist women. It is an alliance of women(and men) committed to transforming the lives of Buddhist women. Sakyadhita seeks to unite Buddhist women of diverse countries and traditions, to promote their welfare and to facilitate their work for the benefit of humanity. The conference theme for this year, “Buddhism at the Grassroots” highlighted the efforts and achievements of Buddhist women who look to alleviate the suffering of living beings “on the ground.” Visit the Sakyadhita International website: www.sakyadhita.org. AfB made a donation to Sakyadhita to help cover the transportation costs of underprivileged nuns who would not have been able to attend the conference.
Alliance for Bhikkhuni provided funds for the purchase of farming implements to the International Women’s Meditation Center, a Buddhist Center for nuns in Rayong, Thailand. With the help of neighbors they hope to provide a garden that will sustain them in years to come.
In addition, fulfilling our secondary purpose to educate the public about bhikkhunis, we were able to continue publishing our beautiful and informative online magazine Present