Quarterly Electronic MagaZine from Sakyadhita USA

Issue No. 10 Spring 2016

Bhikkhunīs and Upāsikās with Buddha from Gandha Kuti in Pagan, Myanmar. Image courtesy of Lilian Handlin's May 26 University of Hamburg/Numata Center for Buddhist Studies lecture “Depictions of Women in Myanmar Gandhakuti(s) During the Second Millenium.” From Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni Facebook page.

Articles in This Issue


Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha

The Significance of the 2600 Year Anniversary of Founding of Our Worldwide Bhikkhuni Sangha by Ayya Tathaaloka

Video talk on YouTube "History (or Her-story) of Women in Buddhism" by Ayya Tathaaloka

Dedication of the Dhammadharini Monastery by Lulu Cook


Bhikkhuni Dhamma Sharing

Death and Stream Entry by Ayya Sudinna Bhikkhuni


Bhikkhuni Journeys

(Excerpted from forthcoming book, Let the Light Shine)

Determined To Do It by Ayya Gunasari Bhikkhuni

I Live as a Beggar by Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni

Reflections on Ordination by Ayya Jayati Bhikkhuni


The Bhikkhuni Ordination Process

Entering Monastic Life and Ordaining as a Bhikkhuni

Upasampada for Santacari Bhikkhuni


Bhikkhuni Monastery Development in the U.S.

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery

Dhammadharini Sonoma Mountain Bhikkhuni  Monastery

Mahapajapati Monastery


For Additional Resources

See the Alliance for Bhikkhunis website at


Book Review

Jacqueline Kramer reviews In Search of Buddha's Daughters: a Modern Journey Down Ancient Roads by Christine Toomey



Updates on the SUSA-University of the West conference, April 1, 2017


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