My Personal Reflections after the Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2009 – by Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni

It wasn’t until recent times, until after I had spent over twenty years as a ten precept nun, that bhikkhuni ordination in Australia became feasible.

Women have had enough faith and fortitude to survive on the fringes of the Sangha for generations. They did not need ce to do just that.

What they did need though was for the monks, as the ones who hold the ligal authority, to realise the opportunity they have in the contemporary world, to transform the situation and again open up full membership of the Sangha to the other half of the Buddha’s disciples.

I am humbly grateful to Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Sujato and the Sangha at Bodhinyana Monastery for acting with wisdom and compassion to courageously use their authority for the benefit of countless beings.

I bow with respect and gratitude to Ayya Tathaaloka and the other Bhikkhunis who too part in the ordination ceremony out of faith and kindness, and at some disadvantage to themselves.

I feel appreciation and gratitude for the support and encouragement of our lay friends. We couldn’t have done it without your help either.

May you all share in my happiness.

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My Personal Reflections after the Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2009 – by Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni

The journey began with a simple and sincere aspiration – an aspiration to commit my life totally to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, a wish to follow closely in the footsteps of the Buddha for the attainment of Nibbana.

After the ordination, I wasn’t feeling on top of the world or jumping up and down and screaming with joy. Nothing like that. But I felt very humbled by the experience and very inspired and grateful. As I chanted in the ordination ceremony (ullumpatu ayya, anukampan upadaya) I felt I was being raised up by the sangha out of compassion. The ordination took the journey to a deeper level of commitment, faith and confidence in the path of practice.

I was inspired by the courage and the devotion of the bhikkhu and bhikkhuni sangha towards the truth, in honouring the Buddha’s wish to have the four fold assembly in his dispensation – bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, laymen and lay women, as the Buddha himself established 2500 years ago. I ‘ll cherish this beautiful gift of ordination given with care and support from the monastic brothers and sisters in the sangha.

I also felt tremendously humbled by the experience. The ordination was the result of years of hard work, struggle and pain and frustration of lots of practitioners, monastic as well as lay practitioners, and the support of sangha and lay practitioners of BSWA. The conditions for ordination were ripe at tis time because of your faith and confidence in Dhamma and Vinaya and your kindness and generosity. I am very honoured and grateful to be part of this beautiful and inspiring process.

I will cherish this beautiful gift of ordination – a gift of faith, confidence and courage and devotion to Dhamma and Vinaya, a gift of compassion, kindness and generosity from the BHikkhu and Bhikkhuni sangha as well as all the supporters on the path of practice. May i share merits with all of you, and may this help us all in the attainment of Nibbana

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10th Bhikkhuni Ordination Anniversary on 22nd October 2019

We are going to publish a number of posts to mark the 10th Bhikkhuni Ordination Anniversary for Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni Theri and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni Theri on 22nd October 2019.  We invite you to join in our joy and happiness.

 

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15 Years As A Nun – Prelimary

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Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage with flowers offerings on the Shrine to mark Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni’s 15 Years since she went forth on 4th July 2004 . Photo taken on 2nd July 2019

More to come………

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The Formal Entry Into The Rains Ceremony 17th July 2019

 

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Vesak Meditation Day 18th May 2019

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28th October 2018 – The End of Rain Cloth Offering Ceremony

Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage conducted The End of Rains Cloth Offering Ceremony for 2018 on Sunday 28th October. Prema and Pathmasekara Abeyesinghe offered this year the End of Rains Cloth to the Bhikkhunis.

We also celebrated Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni’s birthday at the end of the Ceremony.

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21st October 2018 – Bhikkhuni Ordination Anniversary and Birthday Blessings for Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni

On Sunday 21st October 2018, about 35 supporters participated in an auspicious afternoon at Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage to mark  the Bhikkhuni Ordination anniversary on 22nd October for Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni. We meditated together and chanted the Paritta . We also included Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni in the blessings and sending her good wishes and lovingkindness for her birthday on 28th October.

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20th October 2018 – Preparations for the End of Rains Ceremony

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Vesak Meditation Day 29th April 2018 Photos

The shrine inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day 2018

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni inside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on Vesak Meditation Day Sunday 29th April 2018

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Volunteers working hard at the Hermitage to clean and tidy the Sala and to put up lanterns and lights for Vesak Celebration 2018

 

 

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage April 2018

Ayya Vayama Bhikkhuni and Ayya Seri Bhikkhuni admiring the lanterns and lights outside the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage in April 2018




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