Sept 29th: International Bhikkhuni Day program with United Theravāda Bhikkhunī Saṅgha International

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❧ Dhammadharini Monastery

Sep 29, 2023, 12:16:42 AM9/29/23
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Warm greetings Dhamma friends and Venerable monastics - 

We are pleased to invite you to join the International Bhikkhuni Day program being hosted tomorrow, September 29th, on the Uposatha Full Moon, organized by Maha Bodhi Society of India (MBSI) and United Theravāda Bhikkhunī Saṅgha International (UTBSI). The theme of the event is “Bhikkhuni Sangha - Beacon of Growth & Harmony.” 

Please join us for this enlightening program as our panel of most respected Venerable Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis will share their experiences, teachings, challenges and thoughts on the journey, struggles and growth of the Bhikkhuni Sangha. 

The planned speakers include: 

Opening Address:

  • Ven. Bhante B. Sri Saranankara Nāyaka Mahāthera, Chief Adhikaraṇa Saṅgha Nāyaka (Chief Judiciary Monk) of Malaysia

  • Ven. P. Seewalee Nāyaka Mahāthera, General Secretary of Maha Bodhi Society of India

  • Venerable Bhikkhunī Ayya Santini Mahātherī, Abbess at Vihara Kusalayani, Indonesia & President of the Indonesian Theravāda Bhikkhunī Saṅgha

Forum Speakers:

  • Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi Mahāthera, President of the Buddhist Association of the United States

  • Bhante Sujato Mahāthera, Translator of early Buddhist texts and co-founder of Buddhist website, SuttaCentral

  • Ven. Dr. Lieu Phap Viditadhammā Mahatherī, Abbess of Suññatā Bhikkhunī Ārāma - Ni Viện Viên Không, among the senior-most Theravāda Bhikkhunīs of Vietnam

  • Venerable Karunika Bhikkhunī, senior resident monastic at Santi Forest Monastery, Australia.

Moderator: Ven. Sumaṅgalā Bhikkhunī, Abbess of Ariya Vihara Buddhist Society, Malaysia

Date and Time: 

29 September 2023

See below for times, or check your local time here

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Zoom Meeting Details: 

Click here to join the meeting:

Zoom Meeting ID: 891 6161 6109

Passcode: 093805

The room will be opened 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the program.

Please dress neatly and politely. Thank you 🙏

*Note of interest: Poster background depicts a Buddha relic Stupa in Vaishali (Vesali) with one of the best preserved of the Pillars of Ashoka, topped by a single Asiatic lion sculpture. Vaishali was where the Buddha first allowed females to join the Sangha, initiating his maternal aunt Mahapajapati Gotami into the order, and she became the first Bhikkhuni.

Also, please save the date! On Saturday October 7th, Dhammadharini will be hosting our own International Bhikkhuni Day event - more information on that coming soon!

With metta, 

the Dhammadharini community

Dhammadharini Monastery
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