woman looking for a place to ordain

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woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby Galaxy » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:03 pm

Hello everybody!

I've been looking for a place to ordain for about a year. I'm 22 originally form Poland but I've moved to UK recently to earn money for my ordination (I mean flight tickets, visas and any other expenses).
I've been to Amaravati a few times for two retreats and some long term stays, however I would like to find a place where there is acceptance for bhikkhuni ordination. I was thinking about Dhammasara or Santi Forest Monastery but I'm concern about visa issue. Maybe I should try in Sri Lanka? Do you know any suitable place for a westerner or should I try in Australia?
Thank you for any ideas or helpful advices! :anjali:

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Re: woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:11 pm

Hi Paulina,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

I hope you find a place; good luck in the noble endeavor. I have a list here of bhikkhuni monasteries (not complete list by any means):

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Re: woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby Monkey Mind » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:14 pm

There are also a couple of places in the USA and Canada.

Here's a good list:
http://bhikkhuni.net/directory.html
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Re: woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby polarbuddha101 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:17 pm

There's Australia, Sri Lanka, and I know of one bhikkhuni monastery in a really nice part of California.

Here's the place in California - http://www.aranyabodhi.org/

Also, you should read this page - https://sites.google.com/site/dhammadha ... a-buddhism

Edit: I think the best place to ordain would be Sri Lanka though.

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Re: woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:28 pm

Good luck, Paulina! :)
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Re: woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby Galaxy » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:49 pm

Thank you very much!
Does any of you have personal experiences with any of those places? I treat this as a lifetime commitment therefore I would like to choose the best place for training. My concern about Sri Lanka is that there might be a language barrier.


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Re: woman looking for a place to ordain

Postby polarbuddha101 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:14 pm

Yeah, you may want to spend some time learning Sinhala before heading to Sri Lanka (if you choose to go there).

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