Remembering Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri on Her 70th Birthday – Story 6 : Blessings


by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri had a beautiful chanting voice. Whenever there was a controlled burn or hazard reduction burn at the monastery, Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri always informed the residents at the monastery the time and place to meet her if we would like to join in the chanting and blessings.

She chanted for the safety of all beings in the destinated controlled burn area. She chanted for the safety of the beings at the building site before all the machinery arrived and caused disturbances to the environment. She also chanted for the peace and happiness of the beings after the building was completed before anyone moved into the new place. I always loved to participate in those chanting and blessings.

On one occasion, we were chanting the blessings on a big rock next to the old caravan site in the monastery just before sunset. The birds were flying through the sky, the wind was blowing gently, and the beautiful colours of sunset were in full display.  I was deeply moved by the sincerity and lovingkindness in Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri’s voice and her heart. I could feel the joy and happy energy dancing around us flowing out to all beings.

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri had respect and love for the bush and the land. She is a great blessing for them.


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