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:

New Kwan Yin statue arrived

We are happy and privileged to have received a magnificent big marble Kwan Yin statue, carved in Vietnam, on Saturday, 6th June 2015, which resides in front of our big cave.

Kwan Yin, a bodhisattva of compassion, is a timely reminder of forgiveness, love and compassion to everyone.

We are very grateful to our Vietnamese donors and supporters and we thank Gia Hieu, Tam Ngan, and our reliable builder Patrick for the perfect handling.

For a video of the installation of the statue, click here.