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 are currently covering health insurance for two bhikkhunis. In addition, we pay for other medical expenses not covered under their insurance.
The need is ongoing and we welcome your support for the monastic medical fund.
Following a retreat at IMS, Sayadaw U Jagara donated the proceeds of his retreat to a fund for supporting nuns to attend his future retreats at the Forest Refuge. IMS requested that we ‘hold’ these funds, acting as the steward to disburse them to the nuns as needed. With this support, for the July 2017 retreat, Ayya Canda’s traveling expenses were covered, as well as the retreat fees for the following nuns: Ayya Adhimutti, Ayya Canda, Sayadaw Kusalanandi, Ayya Sudhamma, Ayya Suvijjana and Samaneri Parayana. In July 2018, monies from this fund will support retreat fees for Sayalay Khemanandi.
The full Bhikkhuni Upasampada Ordination of Samaneri Anuruddha and Samaneri Niyyanika at Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove, CA was held on Dec 3rd 2017. Samaneri Anuruddha is from UK and has been training with Ven (Ayya) Medhanandi Theri at Dhammadharini’s sister monastery, Sati Saraniya Hermitage in Canada, for the past several years. Samaneri Niyyanika is from USA and has been training with our Dhammadharini Bhikkhunis’ community for the past few years.
AfB contributed $450 towards Sister Anuruddha’s travel expenses to Dhammadharini from Sati Saraniya.
In addition, AfB also donated $200 to fix the broken faucet in the monastery public restroom and to put in a shoe rack and coat hook in the monastery front entry hall.
Funds in the amount of $350 were contributed towards fixing the frozen and burst pipes and floor board damage at Sati Saraniya Hermitage which occurred during the difficult winter of 2016. The majority of this donation came from a generous 80+ senior who donated $250 on first hearing of the difficulties at the Hermitage.
Padukka Mathika Matha Bhikkhuni Aramaya in Sri Lanka was built fifty years ago and is now quite dilapidated. 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.
There have been donations totally $400 in 2017. Donations totaled $3,250 during 2016. Additional funding is needed.
In Dec, 2017 she wrote:
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AfB has contributed to the purchase of land for Sri Lankan bhikkhunis by providing a conduit for funds which were collected and repaid to a generous supporter who had provided a loan for the cost of the land and the first retreat kutis. This has been of significant help in establishing this facility, the Nelligala Bhikkhuni project, 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.
AfB is frequently called on to help with Bhikkhuni transportation. This year we have supported:
Periodically AfB contributes towards the general support of bhikkhuni monasteries and centers. This year we have contributed to: