Residence/Library

residence for Bhikkhunis in Hamilton, Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand

We have paid the deposit on a residence for bhikkhunis in Queenwood, Hamilton to begin the building of a community of the sangha, monastics and laypeople. Our grateful thanks go to the US based Alliance for Bhikkhunis for their seed funding and many thanks to our generous donors whose contributions have seen this vision become a reality.

This is the first step towards our larger vision of establishing a meditation hermitage in the countryside for bhikkhunis and serious lay retreatants to undertake long term secluded retreat time. It is envisioned this property to be a self sufficient community to preserve the bhikkhuni sangha and an environment for Dhamma study and long-term sustained meditation practice for future generations. At our hermitage we have a commitment to preserving the full range of samadhi and vipassana practices offered in the Theravada tradition, in the service of awakening.

The New Zealand Bhikkhuni Sangha Trust will oversee this project.

Please contact: Janice Hill, nz.bhikkhunitrust@gmail.com

Library Planning and Building               

We believe that a world-class Dhamma Library is an integral part of a Buddhist monastery or hermitage, enabling the monastics and residents to integrate Buddhist practise with solid theoretical knowledge. Furthermore, a good knowledge base, facilitated by a good library can help practitioners to have a knowledgeable, intelligent and respectful relationship with those from other traditions and back-grounds.

We are acquiring books for which we are very grateful. Thanks for all the donations.

Books that would still be useful for our Library:

a) Complete set of Pali and English Tipitaka from Pali Text Society (we have the vinaya books already).

b) Books from Myanmar (these may be possible to arrange and have shipped via an online bookstore) Books by Mahasi Sayadaw, Ledi Sayadaw, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Sayadaw U Jotika, Pa Auk Sayadaw.

c) Donations towards the purchase of contemporary Dhamma books.

Please contact Royce Wiles, nz.bhikkhunitrust@gmail.com