December 2, 2009

On becoming a nun

Thanks to commenter Silk, I was directed to a news post at the Buddhist Society of Western Australia which provides “some personal reflections on receiving ordination as a bhikkhuni.” Here are some thoughts from Ajahn Vayama.
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 further assistance to do just that. What they did need though was for the monks (as the ones who hold the legal 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 took 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.
Again, many thanks again to Silk for providing this link. You can also see more formal responses from nuns to Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s letter on the Dhammadarini site.


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