Electronic Journal from Sakyadhita USA
Issue No. 11, SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
1. Santacārī, samaneri candidate.
2. Hand Carved Buddha in The Big Cave at Santi Forest Monastery.
3. Senior Theravada Bhikkhunī Viditadhamma [Ven Lieu Phap] from Vietnam as Pavattinī.
4. Candidates Vajirā, Dhammavatī and Santacārī waiting to be called.
5. Candidates asking permission to enter and asking for forgiveness.
6. Bowing to the Pavattinī preceptor the candidates request dependence.
7. The Pavattinī then instructs each candidate about her robes and bowl. This is your robe, this is your bowl.
8. The candidates are questioned by two Kammavācācārinīs, representatives of the Bhikkhunīs.
9. The candidates return to the Sangha and request the Upasampada ordination.
10. They are questioned again in the midst of the Sangha.
11. The motion to confer the ordination is put to the Sangha three times by the Bhikkhunī representatives.
12. The newly ordained Bhikkhunīs have the Pārājikā rules read out to them.
13. The Pavattinī preceptor invites blessings for the newly ordained Bhikkhunīs.
14. They bow to the Pavattinī and then to the Sangha.
15. Group photos.
16. Newly ordained Bhikkhunīs Ayya Vajirā, Ayya Dhammavatī and Ayya Santacārī with Pavattinī Ayya Viditadhamma and Acarinī Ayya Nirodha.
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Ayya Santacārī was fortunate to be able to have her Bhikkhunī ordination Upasampada Sunday, September 4, after which she was “ordained on one side.” Thus after the new bhikkhunīs have received a one-sided ordination by the Bhikkhunī Sangha, they next will travel to a bhikkhu monastery, and request and receive the confirmation and completion of their ordination from the Bhikkhu Sangha, at which point they will have received the complete Dual Ordination.
It was a very special and moving ceremony in the Big Cave at Santi Forest Monastery in NSW Australia. Theravada Bhikkhunī Upasampada is very rare and to have this ceremony in the sacred environment of such a beautiful cave was unique and awe inspiring. Everyone felt touched deeply by such a breath taking experience. So many present had tears in their eyes and even running down their faces or into the tissues.
Santacārī was one of three candidates for ordination, and she was so happy to share this blessed occasion with Ayya Vajirā and Ayya Dhammavatī.
For this special day, seven Theravadā Bhikkhunīs gathered together to enact this special “Sangha Kamma” or community action. Two very senior Australian Mahayana Bhikkhunīs honoured us with their presence. Senior Theravada Bhikkhunī Viditadhamma [Ven Lieu Phap] from Vietnam graced us with her grounded presence and kindly undertook the role of Preceptor or Pavattinī.
At the beginning of the ceremony, three samaneri candidates waited in a small antechamber of the cave while the Bhikkhunīs began the chanting of the Sangha Kamma.
Then they were called to approach the Sangha. With their offering trays in hand, the candidates pause at the entrance, ask for permission to enter, and ask forgiveness for any faults.
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