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.
A record of the opening of the first Theravada Nuns Center in Malaysia on 2nd June 2012, in Puchong, Kuala Lumpur.
The event was attended by Ven B Saranankara, Ayya Dhammananda, Ayya Santini, Ven Lieu Phap, Ven Bodhicitta, Sister Sumangala and many other monks and nuns.
The following report is reproduced from The Buddhist Channel on June 4, 2012 with permission.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – A group of Malaysians under the loose organisation “Support Network for Women Renunciants in Malaysia and Singapore” has established Malaysia’s first dedicated Theravada Nuns Centre with the official opening of Gotami Vihara in a suburb of its capital city Kuala Lumpur.
Named after Ven Pajapati Gotami, the Buddha’s aunt and the first bhikkhuni, the centre was officially opened by Ven Saranankara Thero. Also present at the event were several prominent Asian bhikkhunis including Ven Santini of Indonesia, Ven Lieu Phap of Vietnam and Ven Dhammananda of Thailand.