Ongoing projects are:
Those wishing to support any of these projects financially are invited to make a donation.
Our vision is to raise funds to buy a property for a simple Bhikkhuni hermitage in the Hamilton area. This would be an initial start leading to a more secluded property 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. Also a very generous anonymous donor has progressed this vision considerably.
Any other interested persons are invited to get in touch via email. Our dedicated
fundraising account is given below.
The long term goal is to raise funds for land of around 150-200 acres for the hermitage, where we could also have 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.
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:
- 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.
Bhikkhunī Vibhanga Project