AMERICAN BUDDHIST WOMEN

Quarterly Electronic MagaZine from Sakyadhita USA

Issue No. 11, SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE

Bhikkhu Ajahn Brahmavamso (second from left) with Ayya Santacari (left), Ayya Vajira (second from right), and Ayya Dhammavati (right) following the Completion and Confirmation of their ordination on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia.

The “one sided” Bhikkhunis waited to be called over by the Bhikkhu Sangha.

In a quiet ceremony attended by only the few residents of the monastery and neighbouring Jhana Grove, the “one sided” Bhikkhunis waited to be called over by the Bhikkhu Sangha with a feeling of reverent gladness.

The Bhikkhu Sangha at Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia, headed by Ajahn Brahmavamso with Ajahn Brahmali acting with him as Kammavacacariyas [speakers of the action to ordain]. The witnessing Bhikkhus were Bhikkhu Nitho, Bhikkhu Kassapa, Bhikkhu Sunno and Bhikkhu Nibbuto, making a Sangha of 6 Bhikkhus to perform the ordination. Five being the minimum number of Bhikkhus to perform a “Sangha Kamma” ie to enact a “legal act” of the Sangha.

1. The three bow their respect.

2. Requesting Upasampada higher ordination.

1. Approaching the Bhikkhu Sangha, the three bowed their respect.

 

2.Then in joyous union chanted the Pali formula requesting the Upasampada higher ordination from the Bhikkhus.

 

3. Ajahn Brahmavamso and Ajahn Brahmali then chanted  to the Bhikkhu Sangha in unison three times, the motion to grant the ordination. With the consent of the witnessing Bhikkhus, the ordination was granted.

 

4. Then the newly ordained Bhikkhunis were given an explanation of the support requisites they can expect followed by a short exposition of the Dhamma, explaining the purpose of the Holy Life. This was first chanted in Pali then explained in English.

 

It was such a treat to have such a personal Dhamma talk from Ajahn Brahm encouraging us to make use of the Holy Life to seek liberation and Nibbana.

 

And with this, the Ordination is complete! Three new Fully Ordained Bhikkhunis are born into the Sangha of the Blessed One. We are all blessed by this event which enriches the entire fourfold Sangha.

 

This ordination brings the number of fully ordained Theravada Bhikkhunis living in Australia to about 17.

 

3. Ajahn Brahmavamso and Ajahn Brahmali  chant  to the Bhikkhu Sangha in unison three times, the motion to grant the ordination.

4. Newly ordained Bhikkhunis are given an explanation of the support requisites.

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