In the beginning…

The NZ Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust was established in 2012 by a group of lay people inspired by  Venerable Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni’s six year visit to Aotearoa New Zealand. The Trust is now a registered charity in NZ.

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Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage.

“Whether we practice as a monastic or as a lay disciple, we are all disciples of the Buddha, students of his way of training. What is it then to train the mind? It is to know the truth of the Dhamma directly within our own experience. For this we develop generosity, virtue, contentment, kindness, and faith. And we practice very patiently, cultivating intuitive awareness and wise reflection that reveal the mind’s inner light. Gradually, step by step, we gain the courage to steer ourselves out of the entrapments of the world, beyond life’s traumas and spiritual famine, to safe harbour and self-healing, We open to a noble dimension of experience – the mind seeing the mind. We see its pure, stainless, radiance in the heart of our heart. And in every heart. Within that interior peace, wisdom ripens. We are on the path. We are truly waking up.”

Some of her Dhamma talks are available at http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/391/.

The Trust’s aims and activities include:

To advance the practice and study of the Theravada Buddhist teachings in NZ, including through establishing a reference library, offering community teachings and meditation practice.

To provide a residence for Bhikkhunīs (fully ordained female monastics) to live safely, to host visiting lay women teachers and to ensure they are well supported by the community.

Future Vision of the Trust:

This includes the establishment of a peaceful, rural hermitage for the
practice of deeper meditation and solitary retreats for bhikkhunīs (fully
ordained female monastics) and serious lay practitioners in the
Theravada tradition.

The hermitage will provide an environment to support the preservation of the Bhikkhunī Sangha, Dhamma study and long-term sustained meditation practice for future generations.

The visionary seed for a Bhikkhunī hermitage, the first of its kind in NZ,
was planted in 2012 when Venerable Ayya Tathaaloka Mahatheri visited
from Dhammadharini Monastery, USA, together with her student
Ayya Adhimutti, the first NZ born Theravada Bhikkhunī.

May you be well.

May your heart grow in wisdom & enlightenment.

May you be happy, peaceful & at ease.

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