Archive | February 2012

Coming Bhikkhuni Ordination at Dhammasara

We rejoice to bring you the following news:

The Dhammasara Nuns’ Monastery is delighted to announce that their first Bhikkhuni Ordination will take place at Dhammasara on Thursday, 1st March 2012 in the morning at 8am, before dana.

Candidates: Samaneri Pasada from Santi Forest Monastery, NSW and Samaneri Nissara from Nirodharam Meditation Centre, Thailand. Both presently staying at Dhammasara Nuns’ Monastery.

This is coming about at short notice due to a brief visit of our Pavatini (Preceptor), Venerable Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni Theri, from USA. It will be followed by a dana at Dhammasara.

In the late afternoon, the two one-side ordained Bhikkhunis will present themselves to the Bhikkhu Sangha at Bodhinyana Monks Monastery, Serpentine for a brief Sangha Kamma (Ceremony) to confirm the ordination (the afternoon time yet to be determined).

Both events are open to our supporters and friends.

With Metta,

Ven. Nirodha & Ven. Hasapanna

Ayya Hasapanna Cutting Hair

Ayya Hasapanna Cutting Hair


Uppalavanna’s Relics

While I was in Bangkok recently we traveled up the Chao Phraya river one day on an excursion and stopped off at Wat Rachatiwat, it is not so far north, but it is off the beaten track. There I found a reliquary with many relics of famous disciples, including this one of Bhikkhunī Uppalavaṇṇā:

Relics of Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

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Bhikkhuni Sundarinanda – Verses and Mural Painting

[To teach Sundarī, who was infatuated with her beauty,
the Buddha created the image of a beautiful woman
and had her grow old and decay, and said:]

“Āturaṁ asuciṁ pūtiṁ, passa Nande samussayaṁ,
“Deceased and impure and putrid, Nandā please look at the body,

Asubhāya cittaṁ bhāvehi, ekaggaṁ susamāhitaṁ. [82]
Develop your mind on the repulsive, one-pointed, well-composed.

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Ajahn Brahm & Dhammasara Nuns Monastery

Here is a wonderful and inspiring documentary made by Michael Fletcher-Jones for Buddhist Door in Hong Kong about the founding and growth of the Dhammasāra Nuns Monastery in Perth, Western Australia.

It features extended interviews with Ajahn Brahm, Ven Hasapanna and Ven Nirodha (Joint Abbesses of Dhammasāra), as well as the celebrations surrounding Ajahn Brahm’s 60th Birthday Party.

If you feel inspired to support the nuns and their projects at Dhammasāra, please visit this page where you can make different types of donations according to your wishes.

Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm

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Dhammaduta Tour by Bhikkhuni Bodhicitta

Ayya Bodhicitta

Ayya Bodhicitta

Ven. Bhikkhuṇī Bodhicittā is a Sri Lankan Buddhist nun based in Melbourne. She was an Anagārikā in 2006 for almost a year under the Ajahn Chah’s Forest tradition before she ordained as a Sāmaṇerī in 2007.

In 2010, Venerable received her Upasampada in Sri Lanka under the tutelage of Ven. Dr. M. Punnaji Maha Thera, Ven. Prof. Dr. Bhikkhuṇī Kusumā and several Senior Sangha members in Sri Lanka.

Her path of secular higher studies in medicine saw her graduate in Bio Medicine. Her career as a medical scientist in Australia met a surprising turn of events when the Dhamma set her view of life in a different paradigm. Thus began her homelessness – a clear and meaningful path of full-time commitment to spiritual endeavour.

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Bhikkhuni Dhammadinna – Verse and Mural Painting

Dhammadinnā was the wife of Visākha of Rājagaha.
After hearing the Buddha teach, he became an anāgāmī,
amd when she found out, she decided to ordain as a bhikkhuni.
She soon attained arahantship and uttered this verse.

Chandajātā avasāyī manasā ca phuṭā siyā
In whom desire is born which suffuses the mind to reach the end

Kāmesu appaṭibaddhacittā, ‘uddhaṁsotā’ ti vuccatī ti
Her mind not bound by sense pleasures, she is called ‘one going up-stream’.

The murals are from Wat Pho in Bangkok.

Visakha listening to Dhamma

Visakha listening to Dhamma

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