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 offering community teachings and meditation practice and by establishing a reference library.

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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  1. Kumari Kulatunga says:

    I would love to learn more about this place


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