The Buddha established the Bhikkhuni Order (fully-ordained nuns) approximately six years after his enlightenment. Although full ordination for women in the Theravada tradition has not been available for almost 1,000 years, since 1996, a worldwide revival of Bhikkhuni Ordination is underway. Today there are numerous Theravada bhikkhuni training monasteries and hermitages developing in Asia and the West, each with its own emphasis and flavor. Watch a video about the history of bhikkhunis from the time of the Buddha until the present day.
Mahapajapati Gotami, the Buddha’s foster mother
and first leader of the Bhikkhuni Order
(image © Upasika Sakula)
Here at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery we are a small community of bhikkhunis dedicated to practicing the Buddha’s teaching in the style of the Theravada Forest Tradition. If you have a genuine interest in pursuing monastic training, please contact us to arrange a time to visit the vihara and meet one of the senior nuns. You are also welcome to visit during our regularly scheduled weekly events at the vihara and other venues.