Remembering Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri on Her 70th Birthday-Story 2 : The bows


by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni

I met Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri formally on the pilgrimage to India in the beginning of 2001. I went to her talks at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre and attended some of her weekend retreats at Safety Bay.

I was observing and watching Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri during the pilgrimage and was very impressed by her.  She was the first Theravada nun I had ever met.

I was especially inspired by the way she bowed to the Buddha, the relics, the cetiyas, and the various historical Buddhist sites. She bowed with so much devotion, respect and faith. She bowed with so much ease and grace. I was inspired. I wanted a piece of that ease, devotion and happiness.


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