Rejoicing in Merits/ Anumodana

The New Zealand Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust wish to share merits with the late Mrs Damdhara Uyansinghe-Jayawardena Punchihewa (21.05.1960 – 27.06.2019).  
We wish to acknowledge the first substantially generous donation made towards the NZBST made in memory of the late Damdhara.  The main intention behind this donation being for the initiation of the first Theravada Buddhist Monastery for Bhikkhunis in New Zealand, and also for a Buddhist Library for the propagation of the Buddha Dhamma.

To mention also my, Ayya Adhimutti’s, great appreciation for the great care and attentiveness with which the late Damdhara attended to my own needs, and those of my bhikkhuni teacher – Ayya Tathaaloka and my mother, while staying at Arana Bhikkhu Giman Hala at Battaramulla in Sri Lanka.  Anomodana for the late Damdhara’s great kindness and generosity.  And to all those who offered pindabatha  to us on alms round, and who came in person also.  This was a time of great joy in Dhamma friendship and in seeing people’s great faith in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.  Still the memory of that period is a bright light in my heart.
So, we wish to transfer any merits from that auspicious time together in Sri Lanka, and also any merits arising from the establishment of the Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha in New Zealand to the late Damdhara.

“May this go to our relatives, may our relatives be happy!’
Those who have gathered,the departed relatives who have assembled.

Just as water that rains on the highlands,

flows down to the lowlands,
so too what has been given here is of benefit to the departed.

Just as rivers that are full flow and full up the ocean,

so too what has been given here is of benefit to the departed.

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The future arises…

.Wesak 15th May 2022 the residence celebrated its first Wesak on a overcast evening. Lights and candles were lit. A small gathering, a meditation and dhamma talk reflecting on the Buddhas 9 virtuous qualities.


Glen Lynne Ave, Hamilton 15 May 2022

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. 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.

An incorporated charitable trust, the Trust provides a residence for  fully ordained female monastics (Bhikkhunīs) to live safely, to host invited visiting lay women teachers and to ensure they are well supported by the community.

May you be well.

May your heart grow in wisdom & enlightenment.

May you be happy, peaceful & at ease.


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

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