The first Bhikkhuni, Mahapajapati Gotami ordained on the full moon of September, marking the start of the Bhikkhuni Sangha. She was the Buddha’s step mother and maternal aunt.
This day has been chosen to begin the first Annual International Bhikkhuni Day, in which we remember prominent Bhikkhunis and their unique achievements and contributions.
We can honor the extraordinary women in our lives – those who have illuminated the path for us – by sharing stories of their lives: how they’ve shown us courage, compassion, generosity, patience, endurance, wisdom, creativity, flexibility, humor, how to play, and many other factors. We can also use the day to:
- send thoughts of kindness and compassion towards our families, communities and world
- reaffirm our own commitment to awakening
- listen to the realtime feed from other meditators around the world who are sharing their own experiences and stories
- raise funds to support ordained women