Monthly Archives: January 2013

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I incite you to read my essay  The Reading Habits of One Bhikkhuni,* published in the online magazine Present by Alliance for Bhikkhunis (AfB) August 2012. It offers a snapshot of my favorite reads, with links to purchase or access free downloads.

Excerpts:

Human-interest writings such as autobiographies and travel accounts also catch my attention easily… One that I often recommend to visitors is Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott’s hilarious yet deeply moving two-volume account of their travels in India, Rude Awakenings and Great Patient One . . .

Just yesterday I re-read Bhante Dreams of Bhadda
Sujato’s unique, highly creative novel based on
the life of one early
arhat nun, entitled
Dreams of Bhadda. Though short enough to be read in one sitting, the book’s
haunting imagery—based
upon a true story—will not soon leave you…

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www.bhikkhuni.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Reading_Habits.pdf

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Read Smoothing the Way * (pdf file), a personal reflection on my journey in the holy life and my hopes for future nuns, published online by Alliance for Bhikkhunis (AfB) in mid-2012.

Excerpt: **

   “Venerable Ayye (Ladies) Sangha, I request ordination. In your    compassion, Ayye, raise me up.” …

By the end of the ceremony, nothing much has happened, just some words said, a carefully rehearsed script in an ancient language to affirm her basic qualifications

and her acceptance into the Order—a little skit really, reportedly directed by the Buddha himself, in which the junior nun plays a petitioner and others play her advocates or adjudicators. The candidate’s training and qualifications were long ago assessed; there are no surprises on this day. It is all a mere formality.

Yet something extraordinary has occurred. A woman crossed over from the fringes of monastic life into full center, a rite of passage. Many onlookers weep. For me it was like a spiritual rebirth–

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*http://www.bhikkhuni.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Smoothing_the_Way.pdf

** Abbreviated excerpt.

(For interviews with ordaining nuns mentioned in this article: http://www.bhikkhuni.net/winter-2012/)

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Read A Personal Perspective on Vinaya, the Rules for Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis, * published online in appx. 2010 by Alliance for Bhikkhunis (AfB).

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Years ago, before I received ordination as a bhikkhuni, I would have heartily applauded the call often heard for relaxing of Vinaya rules, inventing a new paradigm, ridding ourselves of “anachronistic” rules, and drawing up new guidelines that free us to engage in activities that will help spread the Dhamma. Over the years, I underwent a transformed attitude as I learned what Vinaya rules do for those living the holy life and their supporters. I would like to relate some of the reasons for my change in attitude, based upon my personal experiences —

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(Link updated August 18, 2014)

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Read Longing to Ordain, published online in 2010 by Alliance for Bhikkhunis (AfB): Longing to Ordain *

Bhikkhuni Sudhamma traces the origin of contemporary Buddhist ordination of women to Queen Anula, Sri Lanka’s first bhikkhuni, and recounts her own experience in visiting the queen’s stupa.

Arahant Sanghamitta (with Bodhi tree) arrives in Sri Lanka, on a mission to ordain Queen Anula Devi & ladies.

Arahant Sanghamitta (with Bodhi tree) arrives in Sri Lanka, on a mission to ordain Queen Anula Devi & ladies.

Excerpt:

“On the island of Sri Lanka, during the third century BCE, a junior queen (a sister-in-law to King Devanampiya Tissa) dwelled in royal comfort. Known as Anula Devi, or Queen Anula, she was to become the first Sri Lankan woman to ordain as a Buddhist bhikkhuni (female monk) –…”

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* http://www.bhikkhuni.net/library/sudhamma-longing-to-ordain.html