Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News August – Cushion-less Meditation

by Darshani

I was at Ayya Santini, one of our Advisors’ centre at Wisma Kusalayani, Bandung, Indonesia for the samaneri ordination on 15 July 2014 and stayed on for a 10 days self-retreat.

At Wisma Kusalayani, a very simple schedule is kept for all self- retreatants. Two hours of meditation in the morning, two in the afternoon and another three hours at night. All sitting meditation – no walking meditation allow during these times. In the evening, we have dhamma sharing with Ayya Santini. In between, we helped out in meals preparation, upkeep of the centre and our own self practice.

One of the most challenging aspects of the meditation sessions is not the number of hours but to meditate without a cushion. I was so attached to having a cushion to lift my bum slightly when meditating that when Ayya Santini said that we should all meditate without a bum-cushion, I was ‘lost’. The kilesa of greed – of needing a bum-cushion, hatred – of not having a bum-cushion and delusion – of only being to meditate with a bum-cushion; kept arising at every sitting.
How attached are we to our habits that a simple change can cause untold suffering! Until I could let go of the habit of having a bum-cushion, only then could the mind starts to settle. What an incredible lesson in attachment and letting go!

Chanting also without cushion!

Chanting also without cushion!

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News August 2014 – Working in Harmony

by Darshani

I was at our Advisor, Ayya Santini’s centre, Wisma Kusalayani, Maribaya, Bandung, Indonesia for the samaneri ordination on 15 July 2014 and stayed on for a 10 days self-retreat.

An interesting observation while I was there is the harmonious living together among the resident samaneris and newly ordained and visiting samaneris from Japan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  One of the examples is during meals preparation time.  All come together to wash, peel, cut and slice the vegetables and other ingredients needed for the meals.  Even then, their practice is in evidence – no slouching, no gossiping, sitting erect, they mindfully and happily prepared the ingredients.

Needless to say, the dishes tasted divine with the added ingredient of metta!

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Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News April 2014

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia First Annual General Meeting 2013/2014

12 April 2014


BarbaraThe year that has passed, from July 2013 to April, 2014, was a busy period for Gotami Vihara Society (GVS). The Committee had worked well and diligently to keep the Centre going and also to register the Society.

Spiritual Advisors

It is my great pleasure to thank our Spiritual Advisors who had been a source of inspiration and guidance to us in the smooth running of GVS Centre.

However, Venerable Upekkha from Singapore could not continue to be one of our spiritual advisors due to her work in her monastery in Melbourne. We take the opportunity to thank Venerable for her assistance especially in establishing the Guidelines of the Centre.

We welcome Venerable Dhammananda of Thailand who has kindly agreed to take her place. Presently, the team of Spiritual Advisor consists of:-
Venerable B. Sri SaranankaraNayaka Maha Thera (Sri Lanka)
Venerable AnandajotiMahaThera (Britain)
Venerable BhikkhuniSantini (Indonesia)

Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Thailand)

Lay Advisor: Lee Yu Ban (Mr)

Women Renunciants Blog

Gotami Vihara also wishes to express our gratitude to Venerable Anandajoti for helping to maintain our blog for the past three years. However, due to his work-load, he has relinquished this task. Our committee member, Lim Guat Cheng has kindly offered to take over.

Registration of Gotami Vihara Society

We wish to thank Marie Tungka who hadsuccessfully registered the Gotami Vihara Society (Persatuan Buddhis Gotami Vihara) on 9 July, 2013 with a single visit to the Registration Office only. The registration number is PPM-046-10-09072013. We thank the Registrar of Societies for their excellent service.


We have produced a brochure on GVS. Our appreciation goes to our Vice President, Dr Lai Suat Yan for taking time to finalise it and printing them before she went on her nine-month sabbatical leave overseas.

She is a lecturer in Gender Studies in University of Malaya and her research is on the Bhikkhuni situation in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. The write-up of her research will be in Berkeley, USA. We wish her every success in her endeavour.

Handbook on Guidelines for Gotami Vihara Society Centre

We have fine-tuned the rules and regulations of the Centre as we went along. We also wish to express our thanks to Loh Lee Lee and Viditadhamma (Ng Lee Cheng) for working on the format of this Handbook.

Fund Raising

We did not hold any major fund raising projects this year. However, whenever there was a need and we made a request, our generous supporters did respond to our appeal.

In October 2013, the Shah Alam Buddhist Society donated RM3,000 in support of the renunciants and maintenance of GVS Centre. Maha sadhu and our appreciation to them for their generosity.

We also collected RM1,036 from the launch of Barbara Yen’s book ‘Moment2Moment.’

Life Membership

To ease our Treasurer’s work, we have created only Life Memberships of RM300. It can be paid in one payment or by easy payments in 3 months. It is free for Sangha members.

This is also part of our fund raising effort and has proved to be a very encouraging start.

Payment can be made to our PBB account No. 3187086916 under ‘GotamiVihara Society.’ Attention to Choo Chow Heng at

Our brochure, guidelines, membership forms and application forms to stay at GV Centre are available on our blog:

Renunciants who are Staying in GV Centre from February – July, 2014

We had renunciants from Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Italy and Portugal who stayed in GV Centre during this period. The renunciants from other countries were either here to attend workshops, to renew their visas or on transit. Some are on exposure trips here.

We are very proud and inspired by the renunciants who practised very well and had upheld strictly the Vinaya rules. For the bhikkhunis who did not handle money, they got round the problem by purchasing the bus ticket to KL Sentral, in their air ticket. From there, our volunteers pick them up. We only pick them at the airport if they are seniors or are here by our invitation. We arranged lunch for the renunciants at a vegetarian shop nearby and we pay them at the end of the month.

I was pleasantly surprised when a young, foreign novice did not see the need for me to offer her a lunch dana of European food as I assumed that since she was away from home so many years, she would welcome it. Instead she said that she was giving up craving for food.

A Malaysian renunciant decided to take the bus instead (which needed two bus changes and about two hours to reach her destination), when her male family members could not find a chaperone to travel with them by car.

Books for Free Distribution

Venerable Anandajoti initiated the printing of the book ’Arahat Sanghamitta’s Story’ with the assistance of Venerable Saranankara who also helped send to Buddhist centres world wide. Ven Anandajoti hopes to print the translated versions in Thai and Singhalese language.

Selangor Buddhist Vipassana MeditationSociety printed ‘The Revival of the Bhikkhunī Order’ by Bhikkhu Anālayo, Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Volunteer Support

Our volunteers did a wonderful job – from giving GV a good spruce up before the renunciants arrived, to accompanying them for morning or evening walks at a park nearby, offer breakfast or provide transport to visit Buddhist centres in the Klang Valley, especially for foreign renunciants. Their assistance is very welcomed as many of our Committee members stay quite far away from GV Centre and having to brave bad traffic jams.

Part Time Care-taker

We are looking for a part time care-taker, preferably someone who stays in Puchong who can prepare the place for the visiting renunciants, orientate them to the place and neighbourhood and handle the keys of the Centre.
We rejoice with all those who have supported us and participated in our activities through the past year to enable us to continue our assistance to the renunciants. We look forward to your continued support.

To everyone and to the Committee members who had patiently and diligently worked very hard through the year, I wish to record my sincere appreciation for your dedication and commitment.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

With metta,
barbara yen

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News March 2014

Report of Events for 2013

1. We celebrated our 1st Wesak Day and 1st Anniversary of the opening of Gotami Vihara (GV) on 1 June 2013 with a Puja, Sanghika dana, Dhamma talks by Venerable Sing Kan, Venerable Bhikkhu Dhammadina and Sister Sumangala. We also had performances by Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society Sunday School Choir; a harmonica performance and singing by the visually impaired and pipa music by Bro Chong Fa Lin. Sister Sumangala ended the day by leading an afternoon of meditation practice.

Moment2Moment2. On 29 September 2013, GV assisted Sister Barbara Yen to launch her book ‘Moment2Moment – Breathless in KL: Reflections of a Medical Social Worker.’ It was officiated by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir with Venerable Saranankara Maha Thera and about 150 guests graced the occasion.
Sister Barbara donated 20% of the sales proceeds @ RM20 each to GV:

  1. on 29 Sep 13 – Launch (211 copies sold)
  2. on 15 Oct 13 – Ajahn Brahm Luncheon (36 copies sold).
  3. on 27 Oct 13 – Kathina at Sentul Temple (12 copies sold).

Total amount donated to GV is RM1,036.

A big thank you to Sister Barbara Yen for her generosity.

SABS3. On 17.10. 2013 – Shah Alam Buddhist Society donated RM3,000 to GV for women renunciants requisites and GV maintenance.

A big thank you to Shah Alam Buddhist Society for their generosity.

4. Dr Tan Yit Meng, a Chinese physician & acupuncturist successfully treated Ven Adhimutta Bhikkhuni for a chronic shoulder pain and other ailments. Her clinic is behind GV and she hopes to take up meditation seriously. Dr Tan also donated RM300 to GV and offered robes to Ayya Tathaaloka.

A big thank you to Dr Tan for her generosity.

Renunciants who stayed at GV in 2013

  1.  Samaneri Paramacari (M’sian): 30 Dec – 3 Jan 2013 from Isivana Vipasanna Hermitage, Penang
  2.  Maechee Punnisa (M’sian): 25 Jan–13 Feb 2013, returning from Thailand for Chinese New Year
  3.  Ven Adhimutta Bhikkhuni (NZ): 4 – 5 Feb 2013, on transit from Colombo to Taiwan
  4.  Ven Adhimutta Bhikkhuni (NZ): 29 April – 11 May 2013, returning to Thailand for self practice after renewing her visa in Kuala Lumpur
  5.  Sister Visudhi & mum, Sister Nanda (M’sians): 6 May – 8 Jul returning from Australia for a visit
  6.  Ven. Adhimutta Bhikkhuni (NZ): 15 – 22 Oct 2013, on transit to Shanti Monastery, Australia to take up residence there.


Books for Free Distribution

Ven Anandajoti initiated the printing of the book ’Arahat Sanghamitta’s Story’ with the assistance of Ven Saranankara who also helped to send to Buddhist centres world wide. Ven Anandajoti hopes to print the translated versions in Thai and Singhalese language.

Selangor Buddhist Vipassana Meditation Society printed ‘The Revival of the Bhikkhunī Order and the Decline of the Sāsana,’ by Bhikkhu Anālayo, Center for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany

With Gratitude
We rejoice with all who have worked with Gotami Vihara Society to enable us to continue our support to the renunciants. We look forward to your continued support.

_/\_ Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News February 2014 (2)

1) Visit Delayed – Sister Clara Mota from Portugal

Sister Clara Mota experienced some issues with her flight ticket.  Her expected arrival on 3 March 2014 has been delayed until further notice.

2) Dhamma Sharing by Samaneri Dhammadinna from Italy

Please join us for a dhamma sharing session by Samaneri Dhammadina on her experience of going forth and the joys and challenges she encountered.

Details are as follows:

Date  :  Sunday, 2 March 2014
Time  :  8.00 pm
Venue:  Gotami Vihara

Address of Gotami Vihara
K37-C, Jalan TK 1/11A, Taman Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor (former premise of Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society, on main Puchong road, opp. Old Army Camp, 5 minutes drive from Puchong Pure Life Society, same row as Giant Supermarket, not Hypermarket). Tel: +6010 2580 737

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News February 2014

Renunciants who will be staying at Gotami Vihara in February and March, 2014

We have the following renunciants coming to stay:

1.  Maechee Punnisa, a Malaysian nun and 4 other Maechees from Thailand (27 Feb – 7 Mar)
One of the Maechees from Thailand, Maechee Dr Chamnien is a lecturer in Pali and Abhidhamma to monks and nuns.

2.  Samaneri Dhammadinna, a scholar nun from Italy (28 Feb – 3 Mar)
She will be attending Ven Aggacitta’s workshop in Nalanda.

3.  Sister Clara Mota, from Portugal (3 Mar – _____ ) She will be staying for about 1 month
She is of the Tibetan tradition but wishes to learn more about the Theravada tradition.

It will be a tight fit for a few days since we only have 2 bedrooms at Gotami Vihara (GV). The Maechees who follow the forest tradition, advise that they are happy to sleep on mats and in the shrine hall.

The renunciants schedules while in Malaysia are as follows:

1. Maechee Punnisa and 4 other Maechees from Thailand (27 Feb – 7 Mar)

  • Maechees’ arrival from Thailand on 27 Feb (transport by Maechee Punnisa’s family)
  • Sri Jayanti Temple – 28 Feb (transport arranged)
  • Malacca – 1-2 March (transport arranged)
  • Wat Chetawan & Nalanda Institute – 3 Mar
  • SBS, Taiping – 4-6 March (taxi to & from train station to Taiping)
  • Returning to Thailand, 7 March (transport by Maechee Punnisa’s family)

2.  Samaneri Dhammadinna (28Feb – 3Mar)

  • Arrival from Taiwan on 28 Feb (transport by Sis Marie)
  • Attending Ven Aggacitta’s workshop in Nalanda – 1-2 Mar (transport by Marie)
  • Departure from KL – 3 Mar (transport by Marie)

3.  Sister Clara Mota (3Mar – ____ )

  • Arrival from India on 3 Mar (transport by Sis Guat Cheng)
  • Sister Clara hopes to visit some local meditation centres
  • As Sister will be here for a month, she is available for sharing with other Buddhist societies.

Volunteers Needed

We are appealing to all our supporters, including those living in Puchong area to meet them and offer whatever help necessary to make their stay a very meaningful and inspiring one. We need volunteers:

  • Transport for internal travels
  • Offer breakfast dana
  • Offer lunch dana on Mondays. We have made arrangement with a nearby vegetarian restaurant for lunch except Monday as the restaurant is closed
  • Take them for walks in nearby Bukit Jalil Park as they will be cooped up in the shop-lot the whole day. Sis Paru suggested this and she will take the lead. Please call GV to arrange with the nuns personally.

Address of Gotami Vihara
K37-C, Jalan TK 1/11A, Taman Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor (former premise of Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society, on main Puchong road, opp. Old Army Camp, 5 minutes drive from Puchong Pure Life Society, same row as Giant Supermarket, not Hypermarket). Tel: +6010 2580 737

Renunciants Profiles

1.  Maechee Punnisa
In the early 80’s, she started to learn the Buddha’s teachings from a Mahayana Bhikkhuni Venerable Chuan Wen for about ten years. She subsequently practiced meditation under Ven Ji Chen and Vipassana Meditation from Goenkaji. For the last five years, she practiced Mindfulness and Metta Meditation under the guidance of Ayasmā Aggacitta Maha Thera.

She started a Parents & Children Dhamma Class at Kuala Lumpur Hoeh Beng Buddhist Temple in the early 90’s. Some parents who had been trained by her during that time are still carrying on the Dhamma Class.

She was ordained in July, 2012 in Bangkok by Zao Kun Sun Anālayo. She stayed in a Bangkok nunnery and learnt to chant in Pāli and Thai, and attended Pāli classes at Mahachulalongkorn University.

Profiles of the 4 Maechees from Thailand are not available.

2.  Samaneri Dhammadinnā

Introduced by Ven Anandajoti, International Buddhist College, Thailand
“I have a good friend from Italy who last year took sāmanerī ordination in Lanka with the name Ven Dhammadinnā. She currently lives, teaches and does research at Dharma Drum in Taiwan. She is hoping to attend Bhante Aggacitta’s workshops at Nalanda on 1-3 March. Ven Dhammadinnā is a leading scholar in early Buddhist studies and has written and edited numerous works on the subject. It would be worthwhile inviting her to give some talks.”

3.  Sister Clara Pereira Mota

Introduced by Ven Bhikkhuni Adhimutta, Santi Forest Monastery, Sydney
“A lovely 10 precept nun, Sis Clara Pereira Mota from Portugal just contacted me. She is staying in India at the moment and ordained in the Tibetan tradition – however she wants to change across to the Theravada tradition as she finds herself reading the Pali suttas and is most interested in Theravada meditation methods. At the moment she is heading to Sri Lanka to try it. However, she is also interested in trying a meditation place in Malaysia. I told her that there would be support for her in KL.”

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!