The ‘End of Rains Ceremony’ will be held at Santi on Sunday 22nd of November. Traditionally an official Katina Ceremony can only be held with a minimum of four Bhikkhunis in residence for the Vassa. This year at Santi there were two Bhikkhunis, two Samaneris and lay people staying, hence we can only call it ‘End of Rains Ceremony’.
One Bhikkhuni from Santi spent the Vassa at Newbury Buddhist Monastery in Victoria and will return after Vassa.
Bhikkhuni Adhimutta spent the Vassa in New Zealand and furthering her practice in Asia afterwards.
Orientation activities – 9.40-10.40 am (the monastery opens to visitors from 9 am)
Lunch – 11am
Ceremony – 1pm, followed by a tour of the monastery grounds and 4pm close.
The topic was Compassion and Social Justice. All of Santi nuns attended. Following are the links:
The historic ordination was held at Wisma Kusalayani in Lembang, Bandung, Indonesia.
Venerable Ayya Santini Theri, added that there were nine samaneris who underwent ordination, two of whom are from Indonesia and the other seven are from overseas. They were the bhikkhunis Vajiradevi Sadhika Bhikkhuni from Indonesia, Medha Bhikkhuni from Sri Lanka, Anula Bhikkhuni from Japan, Santasukha Santamana Bhikkhuni from Vietnam, Sukhi Bhikkhuni and Sumangala Bhikkhuni from Malaysia, and Jenti Bhikkhuni from Australia. Bhikkhunis Jenti and Sukhi are residents of Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon NSW. However, Ven.Sukhi is spending this Vassa in Newbury Buddhist Monastery in VIC.
The ordination was done in two stages. The first stage was the ordination by Order of Bhikkhunis led by Bhikkhuni Santini, while the second phase of the ordination by the Bhikkhu Sangha was led by Ven. Bootawatte Saranankara.
For Reflections from the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference: Nurturing the Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha – an article by Munissara Bhikkhuni please see the following URL: http://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/reflections-from-sakyadhita-conference