Let The Light Shine

Reflections from Theravada Bhikkhunis

Published 2019  Awaken Publishing, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore

Ayya Tathàlokà Theri

It is an honor and joy to introduce this first book of Theravàda bhikkhuni reflections in the English language. Reminiscent of the ancient Indian Therigàthà (Verses of the Women Elders) and the Chinese Biqiuni zhuan 比丘尼传 (Lives of the Bhikkhunis), the path reflections and life stories gathered here reveal insights of bhikkhuni pioneers of the present as the Buddha’s teaching and practice break new ground in new lands.


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The NZ Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust is now fundraising to buy  a property in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa for the Bhikkhuni Sangha.  We envisage this property leading to having rural land partially covered in native bush, close to the coastal town of Raglan with cabins nearby for lay supporters.We warmly welcome your support as a financial donor or as a lay supporter to make this project long-lasting. See our Projects page for more details and how to donate to this worthy cause.

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The newly formed New Zealand Bhikkhunī Sangha Trust will be developing slowly over time, please come to visit again.

The Trust is inspired by the venerable Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhunī’s five-year visit to New Zealand, the appearance of our first Kiwi Theravada bhikkhunī in the world — Adhimutti Bhikkhunī — and the recent visit of Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhunī together with her student Ayya Adhi to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

We wish to support the presence of bhikkhunīs living, practicing and teaching in the Theravada tradition, as well as those training to become bhikkhunīs — for their deeper practice and study and for sharing their teachings and leading retreats — as an essential and beautiful part of the fullness of the Buddha’s Fourfold Assembly.

Contact nz.bhikkhunitrust@gmail.com if you would like to share in supporting this noble happening.

May you be well & happy, peaceful & at ease.

May your heart grow in wisdom & enlightenment.

May you be well.

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