Ven. Bodhicitta Bhikkhuni
In the early period of His ministry, the Buddha did not lay down any regulations regarding dwelling places. The monks lived in the forests, at the roots of trees and in caves.
After 2600 years, however, the Order of Monks is well established and is well supported. They do not lack dwelling places or educational facilities to pursue their path to enlightenment.
Unfortunately, however, the Order of Nuns, at least of the Theravada Order, had much lesser support, such that in the present time, they have few aramas of their own. According to the Vinaya (Code of Discipline for the Monks and Nuns) Nuns are not allowed to live in unsafe places, but have to live in enclosed places such as monasteries that ensure their safety.
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.