Urban hermitage / Library

Residence for Bhikkhunīs, Kirikiriroa,  Aotearoa

As a beginning step the Trust has purchased a house in Hamilton, where monastic women can live, hold meditation and teaching sessions, and a reference library can begin to be set up. 

Bit of a spruce up happening at the moment.

Hamilton is at ‘orange’ of the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, otherwise known as the traffic light system. At orange, there is community transmission which has the potential to cause pressure on the health system

Moving forward the community will be actively involved through providing meals, home maintenance, and transport to support the daily living of those in residence.

We currently are seeking funds towards the establishment costs, we hope you will find it in your heart to help us achieve this.

This is the first step in the longer term project to establish a peaceful rural hermitage for the purpose of the practice of deeper meditation for bhikkhunī  and serious lay retreatants.

This is an essential and beautiful part of the fullness of the Four Fold Assembly.

The New Zealand Bhikkhunī Sangha Trust will oversee this project.

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


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 thank you for your support.

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