Tag Archive | Nuns

Trailer for Daughters of Wisdom Film

The Daughters of Wisdom film has just been released after being years in the making. It is about the empowerment of women in a remote Tibetan Nunnery.

From their website:

…now, for the first time, the women of Nangchen are being given the choice to change the course of their lives. Built with their own hands and ever expanding, the Kala Rongo Monastery is home to nearly 300 nuns who study and practice full-time, creating new opportunities for themselves and for the community they serve.

Daughters of Wisdom is an intimate experiential portrait of these nuns, who are receiving unprecedented educational and spiritual training, and preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. Some shy, some outspoken, all committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, the nuns graciously allowed our camera a never-before-seen glimpse into their vibrant spiritual community and insight into their extraordinary lives.

Here is the theatrical tralier for the film.

 

It is possible to buy the DVD from their website, and it is also available via Netflix. I hope we will get a chance to see the film over here soon also.

 

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The Path to Enlightenment: The Journey of a Buddhist Nun

Editor’s Note: The Following was written by Tashi Namgyal about Ven. Sonan, whom we featured in this blog a couple of weeks ago, when she won an Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award. It was originally published in Bhutan Today (Thurs, April 12, 2012), and is reproduced here by permission.


Ven. Sonam

From a 16 year novice nun, to a master practitioner, and finally, to setting up a first dharma retreat and practice center in Phuntsholing, this is a story of a 34 year old Bhutanese nun, who despised all the materialistic cravings and ventured out to practice “Dharma” as her sole purpose in life, a destination, in today’s modern world is seldom sought and achieved by a Bhutanese women.

Ani SonamWangmo (Venerable Tenzin Dadon), as she is known to the outside world’s quest for spiritualism began when set on the journey of her life, forgoing attending college to join the religious community in 1993 after graduating high school when other girls of her age were fancying going to college, getting a job, getting married, owning houses and cars, and all the glitz and glamour attached to it.

Although being bred in the capital city, Thimphu, for most part of her life, she did not have a slightest inclination towards leading a bureaucratic and aristocratic life as a layman. Instead, she was adamant to pursue her goal at such a young age despite some initial resistance from her family.

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Tenzin Dadon: An Outstanding Woman in Buddhism

I am very happy to say that one of the nuns who has been involved in our Support Network from the beginning has just been named as a recipient of an Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award. Here is a full report by Ven. Karma Tashi Choedron, and we all say a big sādhu to our friend Venerable Tenzin Dadon (Sonam Wangmo) on this memorable occasion.


Ven. Sonam

A Bhutanese nun was among thirteen women who received the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards on 2 March 2012 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Venerable Tenzin Dadon (Sonam Wangmo), 34 from Zhemgang, Bhutan received the award for her contribution to Vajrayana Buddhism, especially Buddhist women in the Himalayan region. Also honoured at this year’s awards ceremony was the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, renowned Buddhist scholar and activist Prof. Dr. Hema Gunatilake from Sri Lanka and Buddhist nuns and laywomen from Austria, Taiwan, Thailand, and Switzerland.

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Opening of Gotami Vihara in Malaysia

1. Announcement of the Opening of Gotami Vihara

The Support Network for Women Renunciants in Malaysia and Singapore (SNFWREMS) is pleased to announce the formation of Gotami Vihara Society and the official opening of its centre by Venerable B. Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera, (Judiciary) of Malaysia.

Ven. Bhikkhuṇī Dhammanandā from Thailand will also be gracing the event, as well as Ayya Santinī from Indonesia and Ven Bhikkhuṇī Bodhicittā from Sri Lanka.

We wish to invite you and your organization to join us to rejoice in this auspicious occasion. The Vihara will be for both local and visiting nuns to stay either on a short term or longer term basis.

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Tibetan Nuns Project

Here are three films about the Tibetan Nuns Project, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting nuns in India from all Tibetan Buddhist lineages. It supports nuns interested in study and higher ordination.

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10. The Discourse about Vajira

Thus I have heard:

at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī at Anāthapiṇḍika’s grounds in Jeta’s Wood.

Then the nun Vajirā, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up her bowl and robe, was entering Sāvatthī for alms. After walking for alms in Sāvatthī, and returning from the alms-round after the meal, she approached the Blind Man’s Wood to pass the day, and having entered Blind Man’s Wood, she sat down at the root of a certain tree to pass the day.

Then the Wicked Māra desiring to give rise to fear, terror, and horror in the nun Vajirā, desiring to drive her out of concentration, approached the nun Vajirā, and after approaching he addressed the nun Vajirā with a verse:

“By whom was this being made, just where is this being’s maker,
Where has this being arisen, and just where does this being cease?

Then it occurred to the nun Vajirā: “Who is this, a human or a non-human, speaking this verse?” Then it occurred to the nun Vajirā: “This is the Wicked Māra desiring to give rise to fear, terror, and horror in me, desiring to drive me out of concentration, who speaks this verse.”

Then the nun Vajirā having understood: This is the Wicked Māra, replied with these verses to the Wicked Māra:

“Why fall back on a ‘being’? Haven’t you come to a view, Māra?
This is just a bunch of processes, no being is to be found here. 1

Just as with a collection of parts the sound ‘chariot’ is said,
So when there are these constituents 2 a ‘being’ is determined on. 3

Only suffering 4 arises, suffering it is that persists,
Nothing other than sufferings 5 arise, just sufferings that cease.”

Then the Wicked Māra (thought): “The nun Vajirā knows me!” and pained and depressed he vanished right there.

The Thematic Discourses about Nuns are Complete.


translated by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu

End Notes

1 Comm: no being is to be found here means in this bunch of pure processes nothing known as ‘a being’ is found in the ultimate sense.
2 Comm: when there are these constituents means when there are these five constituents existing then it is fixed through that state.
3 Comm: a being is determined on means there is just this appellation.
4 Comm: suffering means the suffering in the five constituents.
5 Comm: nothing other than sufferings means except for suffering nothing else arises or ceases.

9. The Discourse about Sela

Thus I have heard:

at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī at Anāthapiṇḍika’s grounds in Jeta’s Wood.

Then the nun Selā, having dressed in the morning time, after picking up her bowl and robe, was entering Sāvatthī for alms. After walking for alms in Sāvatthī, and returning from the alms-round after the meal, she approached the Blind Man’s Wood to pass the day, and having entered Blind Man’s Wood, she sat down at the root of a certain tree to pass the day.

Then the Wicked Māra desiring to give rise to fear, terror, and horror in the nun Selā, desiring to drive her out of concentration, approached the nun Selā, and after approaching he addressed the nun Selā with a verse:

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