The Buddha said to observe the moon days by special focus on spiritual development, with activities such as meditation, offering gifts of food, fasting after lunch, and listening to the Dhamma.
On this special observance for the full moon day of September, welcome to come show support for nuns’ ordination, meditate, take formal Refuge & Precepts, share a meal, and enjoy the company of like-minded people.
8:15 – 9:15 AM Early Program – Taking Eight Precepts and Meditation
9:15 – 9:30 AM Arrival & settling in
9:30 -10:00 AM Guided meditation
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM “This Full Moon & Bhikkhuni Ordination” Dhamma talk by Ayya Sudhamma
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 12:30 PM Precepts, Chanting, Meal Offering, Potluck Brunch & Social
The Alliance for Bhikkhunis, the world’s only advocacy group for Theravada nuns, declares a day in September of each year to be “International Bhikkhuni Day”, since ancient records indicate that the Buddha founded the female Order (Bhikkhuni Sangha) in the month of September just over 2600 years ago.
“As this year’s International Bhikkhuni Day nears, it is an especially appropriate time to reflect on the growth of the bhikkhuni sangha. Over 2600 years ago, Mahapajapati Gotami requested that women enter the Buddhist monastic sangha and became the founding mother of the bhikkhuni sangha. This fulfilled the Buddha’s longtime intention to have a fourfold community, bhikkhus, bhikkhunis and lay men and lay women. The Theravada bhikkhuni order first flourished and then declined. After having virtually disappeared, the order has been experiencing a strong resurgence in recent years with increased bhikkhuni ordinations and the expansion and development of monasteries worldwide. The lotus has blossomed!
“As we celebrate this day, we might reflect on how the history of the bhikkhuni order, its struggles, surmounting of difficulties, and eventual resurgence mirrors the spiritual journey itself with its trials and eventual liberation from the desires and ambitions of the world. The bhikkhuni history is an inspiration for all of us, of all genders.”
For more from Alliance for Bhikkhunis on today’s celebration, see this link: https://mailchi.mp/c3d3d907eafb/the-lotus-blossoms-international-bhikkhuni-day-3378669?e=%5BUNIQID%5D
If you’d like to feel inspired by a description and photos of an ordination, see this link: http://present.bhikkhuni.net/a-sima-of-flowers/ For more photos from another ordination, see this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/67319631@N04/sets/72157629587684545/
Charlotte Buddhist Vihara
3423 Stonehaven Drive
Charlotte, NC, US, 28215