End of Rains Ceremony (Kathina)

We are happy to inform you that this year Santi Forest Monastery shall be hosting a traditional Kathina Ceremony on the 22nd of November.

There will be Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis and Samaneris (some visiting and some resident).

Kathina at Santi

Arrival, welcoming and dana offering

9:30 am    Suggested arrival
9:45 am    Drinks
10:00 am  Short tour and food preparation
10:30 am  Rice piandapat
11:00 am  Short welcome and blesssing
11:15 am  Sangha receiving offerings of food; lay followers invited to the upstairs Shrine-Room for blessings from the Sangha
11:30am   Lay followers invited to eat (downstairs or garden)

Clean-up, rest & free time

1:30 pm    Walk to the ‘Big Cave’ (transport for elderly)
2:00 pm    Kwan Yin chanting ceremony (led by Vietnamese Sangha)
2.30 pm    Kathina Ceremony inside the Big Cave – Welcoming, precepts, auspicious chanting and blessings, receiving of offerings including the Kathina cloth

Blessings & farewell

4:00 pm    Return to buses (Vietnamese Supporters)
4:30 pm    Buses depart (People with their own transport are welcome to stay for drinks etc. before departure)

Santi website: www.santifm.org. For further details: contact the monastery on (02) 4883 6331 or santioffice@gmail.com.

First Theravada Ordination of Bhikkhunis in Indonesia After a Thousand Years

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