Electronic Journal from Sakyadhita USA
Issue No. 11 Summer 2016 Special Issue
The September 2016 to September 2017 full moons mark the 2600-year anniversary of the foundation of the newly re-emerged Theravāda Bhikkhunī Sangha. Most importantly, this is a shared or co-anniversary with the fulfillment of the Buddha's intention to have a Fourfold Assembly—or Fourfold Sangha. His intention is now completed with the re-establishment of the Bhikkhunīs' fold of the Sangha. Together, the four folds form what is one of the oldest intentional communities in the world. In this Issue of American Buddhist Women, we launch the year-long celebration of this Anniversary. This issue of American Buddhist Women is guest-edited by Tathaaloka Bhikkhunī, and her assisting editors: Adhimutta Bhikkhunī, Samaneri Niyyanika and Kathleen O’Flynn.
Image above right: 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 Bhikkhunī's Facebook page.
Video talk on YouTube "History (or Her-story) of Women in Buddhism" by Ayya Tathaaloka
Dedication of the Dhammadharini Monastery by Lulu Cook
Death and Stream Entry by Ayya Sudinna Bhikkhunī
(Excerpted from forthcoming book, Let the Light Shine)
Determined To Do It by Ayya Gunasari Bhikkhunī
I Live as a Beggar by Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhunī
Reflections on Ordination by Ayya Jayati Bhikkhunī
For Additional Resources
See the Alliance for Bhikkhunīs website at http://www.bhikkhuni.net/links/
Jacqueline Kramer reviews In Search of Buddha's Daughters: a Modern Journey Down Ancient Roads by Christine Toomey