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October 17th, 2011 Bhikkhuni Ordination

A truly auspicious event will take place on Monday, October 17th when three candidates receive full ordination as a nun, or 'bhikkhuni', in the Theravada tradition. The ceremony will be held at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in Woodacre, California, USA.

 

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 Lekshe and Jayanta 

 

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DHARMA RISING

 

Airs on The Brand New ONE starting October 17

A three part documentary series that looks at the changing face of Buddhism in contemporary culture.

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         Welcome to Sakyadhita Canada's 
            October Full Moon newsletter.

                  Monk moon

           THE SIGNIFICANCE OF POYA 

             (FULL MOON DAYS)

 

     Before the birth of Buddhism, Asian ascetics - in the ancient times before there were calendars - made it a practice on full moon days to cease worldly pursuits and take time for reflection and religious activities. The Buddha adopted this practice and it continues today.

 

  The Buddhist calendar is a lunar one and most festivals are celebrated on the full moon day. In the West this is often adjusted to a weekend date so more people are able to participate. 

 
   This is a day when individuals can take some time to be quiet and reflect.

           Buddha Moon

                     Meditate
            Live purely, Be quiet
         Do your work with mastery
           Like the moon, come out
            from behind the clouds
                    Shine!
                    
                                 Buddha
 

 

SAKYADHITA CONFERENCE REFLECTIONS - 2011 ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣

A reflection from the past ␣ twenty years ago I attended the first Sakyadhita conference in Thailand (1991). Although the very first conference took place in Bodhgaya, India in 1987 the idea of holding international conferences on Buddhist women (ordained and laywomen) was born, and I was invited, by the late Venerable Ayya Khema, to attend the next conference as the Canadian representative.

1st International Conference 1991
1st International Conference 1991

There were three outstanding women who initiated this organization: Sakyadhita ␣ Daughters of the Buddha:

The late Bhikkhuni Ayya Khema, Bhikkhuni Dr. Karma Lekshe Tsomo & Bhikkhuni Dr. Dhammananda- then known as Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh.

The conference, held at Thammasat University in Bangkok, offered a rich and inspiringgathering of Buddhist women (and a few men) from many countries, cultures and Buddhist traditions, and for me personally, I was hooked!