Napa Valley Insight Meditation Message Board › NVMG Nov 12th: Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta
This Tuesday, November 12th, we are hosting two guest speakers, Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta. They are fully-ordained Buddhist nuns who have trained in the Theravada Forest Tradition and are currently in the process of establishing a monastery near Placerville. Following the mediation, the nuns will give a Dharma talk entitled, “Being With Whatever Rises.”
If you haven’t had a chance to practice with us for a while, this might be a good opportunity for you to reconnect with the Sangha and to deepen your practice.
Please try to arrive at the Unitarian Fellowship by 7pm so that we can get started on time. I look forward to sharing this experience with you.
Below is a brief bio about the nuns taken from their web site.
Ayya Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni
Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teaching in her early teens, which ignited a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She has practiced meditation since 1989, and lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 for 18 years.
In 2009 she moved to the U.S. on invitation of the Saranaloka Foundation, to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women, where she now resides. She took leave of the Ajahn Chah lineage in 2011, in order to take full bhikkhuni ordination. The teachings and example of Ajahn Chah continue to be an influence and inspiration in her practice and teaching.
Ayya Santacitta Bhikkhuni
Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and has practiced meditation since 1988. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah.
Since 2002, she also integrates Dzogchen teachings into her practice and teaching. Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, where she has lived since 2009 and received bhikkhuni ordination in 2011.