Archive | November 2011

6. The Discourse about Cala

Thus I have heard:

at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī at Anāthapiṇḍika’s grounds in Jeta’s Wood.

Then the nun Cālā, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up her bowl and robe, was entering Sāvatthī for alms. After walking for alms in Sāvatthī, and returning from the alms-round after the meal, she approached the Blind Man’s Wood to pass the day, and having entered Blind Man’s Wood, she sat down at the root of a certain tree to pass the day.

Then the Wicked Māra approached the nun Cālā, and after approaching he said this to the nun Cālā:

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Bhikkhu Analayo – On Bhikkhuni Ordination

This talk waa given on the occasion of the ordination of Ayya Santacitta, Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Nimmala held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on October 17, 2011.


 

Bhikkhu Analayo

Bhikkhu Analayo

It is a great pleasure and honour to be here on this auspicious occasion. As most of you would know, the present event is part of a rather significant development in Theravada Buddhism which has not always met with unequivocal approval. I think we need to understand the resistance that parts of the tradition have in this respect, an attitude which they believe to be in defence of the true Dharma.

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5. The Discourse about Uppalavanna

Thus I have heard:

at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī at Anāthapiṇḍika’s grounds in Jeta’s Wood.

Then the nun Uppalavaṇṇā, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up her bowl and robe, was entering Sāvatthī for alms. After walking for alms in Sāvatthī, and returning from the alms-round after the meal, she approached the Blind Man’s Wood to pass the day, and having entered Blind Man’s Wood, she stood at the root of a Sāla tree in full flower.

Then the Wicked Māra desiring to give rise to fear, terror, and horror in the nun Uppalavaṇṇā, desiring to drive her out of concentration, approached the nun Uppalavaṇṇā, and after approaching he addressed the nun Uppalavaṇṇā with a verse:

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Poems from the Therigatha by Shi Faxun – 5

Shi Faxun

Shi Faxun

Sumedhā

448
In the city of Mantāvatī there was Sumedhā, a daughter of King Koñca’s chief queen; she was converted by those who comply with the teaching.

449
Virtuous, a brilliant speaker, having great learning, trained in the Buddha’s teaching, going up to her mother and father she said, “Listen, both of you.

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4. The Discourse about Vijaya

Thus I have heard:

at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī at Anāthapiṇḍika’s grounds in Jeta’s Wood.

Then the nun Vijayā, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up her bowl and robe, was entering Sāvatthī for alms. After walking for alms in Sāvatthī, and returning from the alms-round after the meal, she approached the Blind Man’s Wood to pass the day, and having entered Blind Man’s Wood, she sat down at the root of a certain tree to pass the day.

Then the Wicked Māra desiring to give rise to fear, terror, and horror in the nun Vijayā, desiring to drive her out of concentration, approached the nun Vijayā, and after approaching he addressed the nun Vijayā with a verse:

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Dhamma Duta Tour by Hasapanna Bhikkhuni

Ayya Hassapanna

Ayya Hasapanna

Ayya Hasapanna was born in 1960, and is from Ipoh. She ordained as a trainee nun (Anagarika) for 2 years, a ten precept nun for 4 years and as a Bhikkhuni (with Ayya Tathaaloka as Pavattini) for 2 years at Dhammasara Buddhist Nuns Monastery, Western Australia.

She is currently the Co-Abbess of Dhammasara Nuns Monastery and also the Assistant Spiritual Director of Buddhist Society of WA.

Ayya was recently in Sri Lanka to receive a sapling of the Mahā Bodhi Tree for the nunnery in Perth. For a full report see http://goo.gl/JprLo

Ayya will be on a short Dhamma Duta tour in Malaysia in December, this is a listing of her engagements.

(1) Date: Tue 6 Dec at 8.00pm
The Perversion of Perception
Venue: Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre, 21,Jalan Penchala, 46000 Petaling Jaya. Contact Person: Honey Khoo (03-77849002)

(2) Date: Wed 7 Dec at 8.30pm
The Importance of Sila
Venue: Buddhist Gem Fellowship Centre, 60A, Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya.
Contact Person: Chin Aik Tan (012-9559731)

(3) Date: Sun 18 Dec at 8.00pm
The Role of Bhikkhunis in the Theravada Tradition
Venue: Vivekavana Buddhist Society, 33, Tingkat Berapit 4, Taman Pearl, Berapit, Bukit Mertajam
Contact Persons : Anandajoti (017-4545299)

(4) Date: Mon 19 Dec at 8.30pm
The Importance of Sila
Venue: TIMS Centre, Opposite Dewan Orang Ramai Taman Aun Say, Tupai, Taiping
Contact Persons : Bro. Ooi Teow Keat (016-5597909) and Bro Kevin Chuah (0125023686)

Ayya will also be happy to take questions at these events.

Poems from the Therigatha by Shi Faxun – 4

Shi Faxun

Shi Faxun

Subhā Jīvakambavanikā

366.
A rogue stopped the Bhikkhunī Subhā as she was going to the delightful Jīvakamba wood; Subhā said this to him:

367.
“What wrong have I done you, that you should stand obstructing me? For it is not fitting, sir, that a man should touch a woman who has gone forth.

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