Archive | July 2012

Sister Sumangala: Joys and Challenges in Going Forth

Sister Sumangala talks about how she first came into Buddhism and started meditation; her meeting with her teacher, Ven. Mahinda of Malacca; her pilgrimage to the Holy Places in India; the resistance from her family to her ordination; and her eventual going forth. Sister also explains how she got her name, which means “auspicious blessings”.

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Ayya Santini: My Experience of Going Forth into Homelessness

The Indonesian nun Ayya Santiṇī talks about her childhood aspiration to become a bhikkhuṇī, her disappointment when she found out the order had died out in the Theravāda and her joy when she later realised it could be revived.

She also talks about the works that the bhikkhuṇīs have been undertaking in her home country, teaching Dhamma, leading meditation retreats and arranging ordinations.

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John S Strong: Asoka’s Wives and the Ambiguity of Buddhist Kingship

Academic article on the ambiguous role that King Asoka’s wives had on his rule, as a paradigm for Buddhist Kingship generally.

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