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 one bhikkhuni during 2017. In addition we pay for her other medical expenses not covered under this insurance.
The need is ongoing and we welcome your support for the monastic medical fund.
AfB is the steward of a fund for supporting nuns to attend retreat at the Forest Refuge. IMS has requested that we ‘hold’ these funds and disburse as needed. With this support, Ayya Canda’s traveling expenses and both Ayya Adhimutti’s and Samaneri Parayana’s retreat fees have been covered.
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. 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. There has been one generous donation of $250 so far in 2017. Donations totaled $3,250 during 2016. Additional funding is needed. Please visit our donation page to contribute.
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 $130 to the Ayya Khema International Buddhist Meditation Center in Sri Lanka.
Ven. Dr. Bhikkhuni Kusuma heads the center which is now fully equipped and able to host those interested in meditation, dhamma discussions, Pali chanting and counselling in English and Sinhala.