Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

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Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby suanck » Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:13 am

Bhikkhuni ordination at Aranya Bodhi hermitage, California, on August 29th, 2010:

http://awakening-forest-hermitage.blogspot.com/

From the blog:
"... a new beginning for both the new bhikkhunis and for Buddhism in North America, as this was the first Theravada Bhikkhuni ordination ever to be held here performed entirely by the Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha together with the Theravada Bhikkhu Sangha..."

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Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby pilgrim » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:59 am

According to the Aranya Bodhi blog, monks from Abhayagiri, including its abbot , participated in the quorum for the dual-ordination. :clap:
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Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby tripleN » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:28 am

Yes, that's wonderful that Ajahn Pasanno (abbot of Abhayagiri) lent his presence. One ex-siladhara was among the newly-ordained bhikkunis. And other siladhara from the California area attended to show their support. Wonder what the other Western Ajahn Chah lineage monks think about this, esp those in England?
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Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby pilgrim » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:46 am

tripleN wrote:Yes, that's wonderful that Ajahn Pasanno (abbot of Abhayagiri) lent his presence. One ex-siladhara was among the newly-ordained bhikkunis. And other siladhara from the California area attended to show their support. Wonder what the other Western Ajahn Chah lineage monks think about this, esp those in England?

As Ajahn Amaro is the new abbot of Amaravati, their response would be interesting. Hopefully, it'll signal a thaw in their stand.
Btw, did Ajahn Passano seek consensus from the larger sangha to participate in this ordination? That was the reason claimed for Aj Brahm's "ex-communication". :stirthepot:

Mods: there is a similar thread for this under "Theravada for the Modern world". Would it be appropriate to merge these 2 threads.
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Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:19 pm

http://www.scribd.com/doc/37238558/Mess ... Ordination

from Bhikkhu Bhodi!

which Bhikkhus played a part?
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby Vardali » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:23 pm

I don't think that this would cause a stir with Thai Forrest representatives in either the West or Thailand. After all, it was labelled as a "Theravada" ordination - and while they might dismiss it as non-authentic Theravadan, I think they will ignore it as long as it is not in any way related to the Thai Forrest tradition.

But overall, I think it's great news and I am wishing all the best to the newly ordained Bhikkhuni :anjali:
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Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination in California, 29th Aug 2010

Postby suanck » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:56 am

See also:

1) A personal account of the newly ordained Bhikkhuni Thanasanti at:
http://awakeningtruth.org/blog/

2) More photos of the ordination at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/85925581@N00/sets/72157624741073885

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