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.
Venerable’s main focus is to practice and actualize the Buddha’s teachings. She aspires to be a practicing “Bodhicitta” and firmly believes that it is only through the Buddha’s teachings that one will be able to overcome the emotional afflictions the world over is experiencing today.
Venerable is the founder and the Spiritual Director of the Nisala Arana Meditation Centre in Melbourne, a first by a Sri Lankan Theravāda Bhikkhuṇī. She has also founded the Nisala Arana Nuns Monastery and retreat Centre in Sri Lanka.
Venerable is engaged in interfaith activities in Melbourne. She firmly believes that “by working harmoniously with each other only then can we bring peace.” Up to 2009 she was the only Theravāda Bhikkhuṇī who was appointed as a Buddhist Chaplin at an Australian University, i.e. University R.M.I.T., Melbourne. Encouraged by her, other nuns have since stepped up to take leadership roles at Centres of Learning.
Bhikkhuṇī Bodhicittā is a renowned meditation teacher with over 25 years of experience. She is currently at the Buddhist Maha Vihara Brickfields to participate in the K Sri Dhammananda Lecture Series.
Fri 17th Feb 2012, 8pm: Dhamma Talk at Buddhist Society of Ipoh. “What made me decide to curtail my career as a medical scientist and become a renunciant.”
Sat 18th Feb 2012, 8pm: Dhamma Talk at Mahindarama, Penang: “Is the Bhikkhuṇī Order Against the Buddha’s Teachings?”
Sun 19th Feb 2012, 8pm: Dhamma Talk at TIMS, Taiping: “What made me decide to curtail my career as a medical scientist and become a renunciant.”
The tour is organised by the Support Network for Women Renunciants in Malaysia and Singapore.
Please note that Ayya will also be assisting Ven Punnaji on his meditation retreat at Brickfields from 9th – 18th March, 2012.