About

Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage
“The complete release of my mind was like the quenching of the lamp”
Arahat Bhikkhuni Patacara

Ajahn Vayama, founding abbot of the nuns’monastery in Gidgegannup, Western Australia, took early retirement in June 2010 due to failing health. She and Venerable Seri, her carer, accepted an offer of accommodation in a female lay supporters’private residence where they established Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 26th November 2010, with the support of a group of devotees, they are able to live quietly and continue with their practice.

The Hermitage came into existance as an officially separate Buddhist organisation on 23rd June 2011.

Aims of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage Incorporated
a) to provide support, aid and relief for each of Ajahn Vayama and Venerable Seri, Buddhist Bhikkhunis of the Theravada Forest Tradition who reside in the Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage established according to the guidelines and practices of the Vinaya Pitaka of the Pali Canon;
b) to provide the four requisites to each of Ajahn Vayama and Venerable Seri for the duration that they remain Buddhist Bhikkhunis, the four requisites being food, clothing, shelter and medicine in accordance with Buddhist tradition and principles.

Arahat Bhikkhuni Patacara
Many people know the story of Patacara before she became a nun, her many misfortunes and losses which left her widowed, childless, orphaned and homeless. However, she became an enlightened bhikkhuni, foremost in the vinaya and a great teacher who helped many women on The Path.  As such, she is the inspiration behind the establishment of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

Dana at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage
Those offering dana arrive after 10.30am for 10.45am start. As there are no washing up facilities available, they bring everything needed in the way of serving and eating utensils, plates and so on, taking everything home to wash when they leave. A toilet is available for the use of visitors who need to ask Venerable Seri for the key.

Those wishing to offer dana MUST book a date with Venerable Seri before deciding to come. Call Venerable Seri on mobile no.: +61 459 471 047 between 5.00pm to 7.00pm or email her at ajahnvayama@gmail.com. Only a small group can come because Ajahn Vayama’s state of health and the limited facilities.

Contact information can be found in the Contact Us page.