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Worship did I
The fire, the moonm the sun and gods,
Performed many a bathing rite
In the rivers.
Observing many rites
I shaved one-half my head
Slept on the ground
And went without my dinner.
I adorned my body
With beautiful garments
Decked it with gems and ornaments
Bathed it with perfumes
Full of Lustful thoughts.
I developed faith in the Sansara
And entered it.
Perceiving the body as it is
I have destroyed lust.
All the line of existences
And the will and yearning to be
have I cut off.
Free from the bonds of lust,
Serene have I become.
- Theri Nanduttara
Thera - Theri Gatha
(Inspired Utterances of Buddhist
Monks and Nuns)
Buddhist Cultural Centre
Monasteries for the bhikkhunis in Sri Lanka
Monasteries for the Bhikkhunis
in Sri Lanka
The order of bhikkunis in Sri Lanka was
founded by Arahant sanghamitta theri a daughter of king
Darmashoka of India about 2300 years ago. But it did not
last long due to vaiaus reasons such as wars famines
droughts .disputes among rulers’ and foreign invasions etc.
It is well known fact that the Buddhist
society is not completed in absence of bhikkhunies. It
should be consisted of four groups of bhikkhus, bhikkhunis,
upasakas and upasikas
There had been high demand for a long
period of time to re introduce the order of bhikkhunis in
Sri Lanka since awakening of Buddhist in memory of 2500
years of history of Buddhism. A number of ladies wanted to
be bhikkhunis by renunciation from lay life, but no
attention had been drawn on taken any steps by any
Buddhist organization. Ultimately
they had decided to observe ten precepts being novice upasikas. It had been
continued for a long period of time.
Taking into consideration the high requests of
womenfolk Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi maha thero of Buddhist
cultural center of Sri Lanka and Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala
maha thero of dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya have taken
initiative steps facing many difficulties and obstacles to
re-introduce the order of Bhikkhunis with assistance of
Buddhist nuns of some eastern countries.
Ven. Wimalajathi maha thero has
organized construction project of monastery for bhikkhunis.
He has already completed it with all modern conveniences. On
a calm and quiet land an a top of a hill. Situated in a
rural area called Horana, a little away from main city
disturbances. The building complex consists of shrine room,
preaching hall dormitory, refectory, kitchen and places for
The centre in maintained in devotion
and selfless efforts’ with limited resources and difficulty.
So for donations or contributions were not collected. Even
though the center in running smoothly and successfully.
The center has an aim to expand it’s
services throughout the country specially under privileged
rural areas by establishing many sub-centers. Several
bhikkhuni monasteries are essential to guide female
community in religious and social service activities in
proper way. If some organization, well wishers and
philanthropists undertake to develop at least one center and
establish a branch monastery it will be a great service not
only to Buddha Sasana but also to enter rural population.
An appeal to made herewith to well wishers to
undertake and develop at least one centre or grant donations
to raise funds to expedite the project the Buddhist cultural
centre in willing to allocate suitable places. Those who
interested may contact the director Buddhist cultural centre
125, Anderson road Nedimala. Dehiwala, Sri Lanka for
Re-Establishment of the Order of Bhikkhunis in Sri Lanka
It is well-known fact that the Buddha elevated the status of women, and brought them to realization of their importance to society. He regarded them as weak by nature, but He saw the natural good of women and assigned them their due place in society.
Although at first the Buddha refused to admit women in to the Order of Bhikkhunis later the Buddha was persuaded by entreaties of Ven. Ananda Thera and founded the Order of Bhikkhunis. The new Order was certainly a great blessing for womenfolk. In ancient times in the Order of Bhikkhunis women of every folk of society such as queens, princesses, daughters of noble families. widows and helpless women despite their caste or rank met in a common platforn and enjoyed perfect consolation and peace in life.
At the end of the Third Dhamma Sangayana (Council) which was held with Arahant Moggaliputta Tissa Maha Thera in the Chair and patronized by King Dharmashoka it was decided to send one of Buddhist missions to Sri Lanka.
Arahant Mahinda Thera (son of king Dharmashoka) with four other Bhikkhus arrived in Sri Lanka to preach the Dhamma.
King Dewanampiya Tissa, the then ruler of the country embraced Buddhism and with royal patronage Buddhism was firmly established in the country.
After listening to Dhamma from Ven. Mahinda Thera, the queen Anula and number of ladies of the royal family wanted to renunciate the lay life and enter the Order of Sangha.
A daughter of King Dharmashoka and as well as a sister of Arahant Mahinda Thera, Theri Sanghamitta who arrived here at the invitation of her brother who was convinced by many a interested lady, established the Bhikkuni Order in Sri Lanka with the assistance of King Devanampiya Tissa. This happened about 2400 years ago.
A large number of distinguished men who came with Theri Sanghamitta contributed largely to the metrial intellectual and spiritual development of Sri Lanka, Artistes and craftsmen introduced a novel Culture in architecture, sculpture, art and painting inscription and carvings etc.
But with macrh of time unfortunately the Order of Bhikkhunis disappeared from the country due to various reasons such as famine, drought wars and foreign invasions.
As there was high demand from general public to re-introduce the Bhikkhuni Order we have taken initial steps with great difficulty to introduce religious life for women. We have constructed a building complex on a hillock in a rural area, not far away from Colombo and a training Centre was founded. Bhikkhuni Upasampada was introduced with the Co-operation of Bhikkunis of other Buddhist Countries. At present the Centre conducts daily religious services. Our aim is not only the spiritual development of Bhikkhunis but also to train them guiding and counseling to improve the position of womenfolk to serve themselves and general public. All facilities are provided by us for participants free of charge.
By the same time I would like to extend to you my kind, invitation to visit Sri Lanka and witness the progress of the Centre.
If you wish to undertake your own programme or project for the benefit of Bhikkunis, I wish we would be able to assist you in them. We are in a position to gift you a small block of land to inaugurate the project.
It is advisable to handle money matters under your own control. We have doubt on some so-called organizations and individuals as to how they use donations. Unscrupulous persons may misuse the money without responsibility. therefore everything should be under your control.
If you undertake the propagation of the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka it will be a great service to Buddha Sasana and Sri Lankan Society. Your service will be recorded in history of Sri Lanka as equal to the services rendered by Arahant Sanghamitta Theri.
May the Triple Gem bless you.
Yours in Dhamma.
Ven. K. Wimalajothi Thero.
Bhikkhuni Training Centre and
Buddhist Cultural Centre.