Posted by: Upāsaka | 07/10/2015

Supporting the Bhikkhunis

Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to virtually attend a chanting service for the benefit of my recently deceased uncle that was organized by the bhikkhunis (Buddhist nuns) at Saranaloka in Santa Rosa. I don’t think I need to say just how grateful I am for their kindness, compassion and responsiveness throughout this time but I will say that the service they are providing to the world through their practice is both rare and beautiful.

All of which brings me to my point: the bhikkhunis need our support if they are to continue to practice the Teachings of the Lord Buddha for the benefit of the many and,  perhaps even more importantly,  in order to provide an opportunity for women to live a life in accord with the Vinaya. For those who may not know it,  the bhikkhuni order in the Theravadin tradition has only recently been reestablished and as a result of old biases, new controversies and general lack of knowledge they are fighting an uphill battle to live lives committed to the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha. This in a country where it is hard enough being a monastic in the first place.

If you have been thinking of making an offering to a vihara or group I beg you to consider doing so to the Saranaloka Foundation http://http://saranaloka.org/support/donate/ or to the Ven. Dhammadipa  Bhikkhuni at her hermitage in Sri Lanka. Having a place for female monastics is an absolute necessity for the Buddha sasana to survive in today’s world and, when you think about it,  it’s only fair and right. I hope you forgive my shameless plugs but I do hope you will consist adding the bhikkhunis to your list of charities. Sukhita hontu!


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