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Chris Forsyth
20th-April-2011, 05:11 AM
Hello all,

This might be of interest:

Update on the Saranaloka Nuns’ Community
From the Board of Directors of the Saranaloka Foundation
(read letters written in 2010 that pertain to bhikkhuni ordination)

April 17, 2011
Dear friends,

As April draws to a close, we are witness to many changes—the ending of some deep and meaningful connections and the opening of a new path forward. We have spent some time coming to this place both as an organization and in support of Buddhist Theravada nuns, many women deserving of respect and care.

Ajahns Anandabodhi and Santacitta spent the beginning of April at Amaravati Monastery in England, taking official leave of the community there in order to pursue bhikkhuni ordination, which is not offered in the Thai Forest lineage. We share in both sadness at their leaving and a sweetness at arriving at a new beginning. We will recognize this transition on May 7th at the vihara, beginning with the meal offering and followed by a ceremony and celebration. Please join us if you are in the area!

Their practice and connections to the larger Theravada community remain unchanged and a new affiliation with the North American Bhikkhuni Association (NABA) has begun.

Sister Anandabodhi and Sister Santacitta will take official bhikkhuni ordination on October 17th at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, with Ayya Tathaaloka as the preceptor and other bhikkhus and bhikkhunis from North America. Saranaloka is inviting many nuns to attend this ceremony, including the siladhara.

To prepare for these changes, the Saranaloka Board of Directors expanded its bylaws to include support for the bhikkhunis as well as the siladhara. However, the siladhara have now requested that we ask donors to send donations on their behalf to either the Sanghapala Foundation (America) or the English Sangha Trust (England) instead of Saranaloka. We offer heartfelt metta for their personal spiritual journeys as well and hope that the deep friendships between them and the sisters here will continue. Sister Metta, who has most recently been visiting Oregon and Colorado, returns to England in the beginning of May.

Saranaloka is extending an invitation to Maria de Cruz, a novice who wishes to join the community in San Francisco. Maria visited last fall and asked to return for a longer stay. Her visa application is underway and we hope it will be successful as she was an excellent addition to the community.

As we weathered the shifting sands of time and condition, the possibility of a strong advisory board emerged to guide us, when needed, to the next phase of a monastic nuns’ community and to keep us grounded in Dhamma. We have had an outpouring of support and encouragement and are happy to announce that we have created an advisory board of five: Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ajahn Pasanno, Thanissara, Jack Kornfield, and Gil Fronsdal. Collectively, they bring a deep understanding of the Dhamma, the history of Buddhism, impermanence, and the monastic community, and all this with a grounding of life in the West. The Board and the sisters are greatly appreciative of their guidance and care for our nascent community.

Time moves on. America will have an imprint on Buddhist evolution just as every other nation in the past has influenced its manifestation.

May we, in America, bring a sense of balance to the gender issues in monastic Buddhism. May monasticism in the feminine form flourish in America and provide opportunity for many more women to experience the joy of deep practice. May we all, women and men, nuns, monks, and lay people, be well and free from harm and danger. May we be at peace and bring heart and empathy to the issues at hand.
Jill Boone, Lisa Domitrovich, Wren Writhers
The Board of Directors, Saranaloka Foundation

with metta

Shad Alexander
27th-October-2011, 12:53 PM
It was a very beautiful event. Here is a link (http://gallery.me.com/eritger#101674) to the first of many pictures from the Saranaloka.org website.

And yes, that is your monk Ajahn Brahmali in attendance. Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu

Jerrod Lopes
28th-October-2011, 06:11 AM
Very cool indeed. I had no idea so much was going on so close to where I live. I can't wait now to visit. Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

Jerrod : )