Some of the monastics staying at Santi are missing from this picture. 10 nuns and one young monk are here presently. The male novice, Samanera Nandiya, whom we called ‘the honorary nun’, left for Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth and will hopefully receive full ordination as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Brahm soon.
We are amazed that the young men, the monk and Nandiya, have been happy to stay under leadership of a woman and receive teaching from a female teacher. This is not too common among monks. We and our female lay guests are happy to see that this is possible! Many of the women who visit for a meditation retreat, especially the Asian women, tell me during the daily interview how healing it is for them to see this happen.
Santi might not be able to host and support so many monastics on the long run, but as long as we can we will, with great joy!
Thank you, friends, for your support.
NOTE: Sadhu! Great thanks to Hung and Nga who have offered the funds for the new vehicle. The generosity of people never ceases to amaze. May they always rejoice in their good deeds! And again: Sadhu!
Dear Santi supporters,
For the last several years our main monastery vehicle has been our Mitsubishi Delica. It’s served us well, bringing us to and from Sydney, Canberra, and elsewhere, and as it is 4WD it can cope with the rough bush tracks at the monastery. However, increasing mileage and maintenance costs mean that its days are numbered.
We’d like to upgrade to a newer model Delica, so that we can continue to serve our community as in the past. If you’d like to help, you can donate to the monastery General Account. You can donate online here, or for other means of payment see our donations page.
If you do donate for this purpose to our General Account, please send us an email letting us know the details, so we can keep track.
Note that donations to the tax-deductible Building Fund cannot be used for a vehicle. The General Account is not tax-deductible.
If you have any questions, please contact us Santi.