Ongoing projects are:
Our vision is to raise funds to buy land for a simple Bhikkhuni hermitage somewhere
between Hamilton and the small coastal township of Raglan some 40 kilometres
away. The land would be within walking distance of Raglan and near a section of
native forest with farm-land available to purchase nearby that could be reforested.
We are now in active fundraising mode and our grateful thanks go to the US based
Alliance for Bhikkhunis which has recently donated some initial seed funding. Any
other interested persons are invited to to get in touch via email. Our dedicated
fundraising account is given below.
Our goal is to raise funds for land of around 150-200 acres for the hermitage, where
we could also have one or two kutis (simple cabins) for long-term serious lay-
practitioners. Then over time, we or friends could purchase near-by land for the lay
community and also for a separate forested area.
Kiwibank Ltd. 38 9017 0491759-01 – New Zealand Bhikkhunī Sangha Trust
SWIFT code: KIWINZ22
Kiwibank Limited, Ground Floor, New Zealand Post House, 7 Waterloo Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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.
Building a good library is a large undertaking and we would appreciate your support.
We are gradually acquiring books, recently a very generous donation from a USA resident;
the entire collection of Tricycle and BuddhaDharma magazines,
a (mostly) complete set of Wheel booklets by BPS (Buddhist Publication Society)
all the Bodhi Leaves.
Also several hundred Dhamma books from a generous Sri Lankan
benefactor have been received. We are very grateful.
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 from Amazon.com and contributions for shipping (we plan to send the books to an American friend for safekeeping, and then ship by sea en masse to NZ)
Means of support for this project:
- Donating Dhamma-dana books from well known Dhamma teachers. Volumes by Verable Nyanananda, Bhante Dhammajiva, Ven Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Maha Boowa, Venerable Analayo, translations by Ajahn Thanissaro, for example, would be very helpful.
- Transporting books. Especially helpful would be to help transporting books from the United States to New Zealand or from the United States to Sri Lanka (we have friends who can bring from Sri Lanka to New Zealand). There are many helpful books available in America, however, posting them to New Zealand is not inexpensive.
- Donating funds for the purchase of books or donating specific books. Please write if you like to know the volumes that would be useful.
Bhikkhunī Vibhanga Project