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Bhikkhunis Dhamma Talks

Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh)

Dr.Chatsumarn Kabilsingh (Ven.Dhammananda) was the first Thai woman to be ordained in Theravada in 2001, and full ordination in 2003. She took the lineage from Sri Lanka and since then it has been 14 years. Now there are more than 70 bhikkhunis in Thailand spread out in at least 20 provinces, i.e. Nakhonpathom (central), Chiangmai, Tak (north), Yasothorn, Sakolnakhon (North East), Ssongkhla (South). The ordination mostly taken from Sri Lanka, some are very strict in the observance of Vinaya, some not so strict and some do not have training. At the same time we witness also many bhikkhunis and samaneris who are serious in their practice and further their studies both in dhamma and vinaya. Wat Songdhammakalyani Bhikkhuni Arama has been in existence some 53 years ago, Ven.Dhammananda, being the first Theravadin bhikkhuni in Thailand invited Thai bhikkhunis to come together under this network on July 9,2013 with the purpose of supporting each other so that the new bud of Thai bhikkhunis can follow the vinaya properly by supporting each other in the best way they can.

Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee

American Bhikkhuni, Most Venerable Dr. Lee, got the idea to chanting Sutra to General Public. Here you can listen the Metta Sutra – Loving Kindness. Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee doing hard work to propagate Bhikkhuni Sasana. She develops an award in honor of Buddhist women’s accomplishments on the United Nations’ International Women’s Day. This idea arose in March 2001 after the nuns attended two events: (1) The Outstanding Women’s Awards in Thailand organized by the Gender and Development Research Institute and (2) an invited speech offered by Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Lee at the United Nations Auditorium in honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2001. The International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation – The International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation creates gender equality in Buddhism by establishing Bhikkhunis as leaders in society by offering: 01 – Meditation and Buddhist Practice for Women & Girls 02 – Dhamma Teachings for Women & Girls 03 – Post-Graduate Education for Bhikkhunis 04 – Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards 05 – IT & Media Services for Women Dhamma Teachers.

Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Rathanavali

Thai Bhikkhuni Most Venerable Rattanavali, noticed the positive influence to the role and status of women encouraged via the events, and thus began to brainstorm. In fact, Venerable Bhikkhuni Rattanavali proposed the idea to Dr. Lee who agreed and advised her to speak to Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat, Director of Research at the World Buddhist University, World Fellowship of Buddhists. All the while the nuns were in residence and learning from the Most Venerable Master Dr. Shi Kuang Seng, Head of Kuan-Im Bodhisattava’s Hall in Bangkok who offered encouragement, guidance and support. Thus, Venerable Rattanavali planted the seed in the hearts of the above-mentioned persons and the seed received water, sunlight and nourishment, while also overcoming obstacles in the process of growth. Eventually, a lotus blossomed. From 2005 – 2008, Venerable Bhiksuni Shiou-I nobly held the Presidency of OWBA. In 2012 Venerable Bhiksuni Ming Yu, President of Taiwan’s Chinese Young Buddhist Association became President of the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards and has held the position honorably ever since.

Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Ayya Tathaloka Mahatheri

Living on the cusp of the Theravàda Bhikkhuni Sangha revival, it has been a joy to know personally most of these fine monastic women, to see their paths unfold and blossom, and to offer an open rather than closed door so that they may receive the full inheritance from the blessed Buddha and make good with it. Some have decades of experience on the Buddhist path, while others are new Buddhist teachers. All have lived, practiced, or taught in the West, and all have received the bhikkhuni upasampadà, the full acceptance and entry into communion and the shared base of training we call “higher ordination” in Buddhism. They are fully ordained women in the ancient Buddhist lineage of awakened women teachers, leaders, saints, and sages. the path ref lections and life stories gathered here reveal insights of bhikkhuni pioneers of the present as the Buddha’s teaching and practice break new ground in new lands.


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