Chanting: Morning & Evening Chanting, Reflections, Formal Requests

Chanting Book
This collection consists of chants for daily devotions, reflections, and special ceremonies, which are used by the nuns of Aloka Vihara and their community of supporters. Most of the chants in this book are based on a form used in Thailand, with accompanying translations into English; others are newly added.
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Leaving It All Behind ~ Ayya Anandabodhi & Ayya Santacitta, 2019

Let the Light Shine ~ Reflections from Theravada Bhikkhunis, 2019

Abhayagiri Online Library

Dhamma books for Free Distribution

Friends of Aloka Vihara

Resources about the Bhikkhuni Sangha

Alliance for Bhikkhunis

Present Magazine

American Buddhist Women

A Special Report on Bhikkhuni Status at the end of 2017

Andrew Olendzki

“Cherish the Nuns”, Insight Journal, Summer 2010

Bhikkhu Analayo

“The Legality of Bhikkhuni Ordination”, Journal of Buddist Ethics, 20, 2013
“The Foundation History of the Nuns’ Order”, Numata Center for Buddhist Studies, 6, 2016
“Bhikkhuni Ordination”, From Ancient India to Contemporary Sri Lanka, Agama Research Group, 2018

Bhikkhuni Anandabodhi

“Recollection of a Forest Nun”, Spirit Rock News, page 8, September 2013
“All Things are Possible”, American Buddhist Women, Summer 2017

Bhikkhu Anandajoti

“Three Discourses Concerning Mahapajapati Gotami”, 2014
“The Stories of the Foremost Nuns”, 2015

Bhikkhu Bodhi

“Can the Theravada Bhikkhuni Order be Re-established? It Already Has”, Present, 2012
“The Revival of Bhikkhuni Ordination in the Theravada Tradition”, Inward Path, 2009
“A Buddhist Perspective on Women’s Liberation”, BGR, 2019

Bhikkhuni Jayati

“A Personal Perspective: Ayya Jayati’s Bhikkhuni Ordination”, November 2014

Bhikkhuni Santacitta

“Inner and Outer Journey”, Sakyadhita 2013
“The Gift of the Sacred Feminine”, OWBA 2012
“New Images, More Depth”, GPIW 2010

Bhikkhuni Tathaloka

“Honoring those Worthy of Honor”, 2017
“Non-Historicity of the Eight Garudhammas”, 2009
“Mining for Gold”, 2007

Ajahn Candasiri

Going Forth – For Liberation, 2017

Dennis Crean & Martha Kay Nelson

“On the Front Lines”, An Interview with Ayya Santacitta & Ayya Santussika, Sakyadhita, 2015

Donna McCarthy

“A Sima of Flowers”, An Interview with Ayya Anandabodhi & Ayya Santacitta, Present, Winter 2012

Emma Varvaloucas

Making the Sangha Whole Again”, Tricycle, Winter 2014

Jennifer Cabral

“Breaking Silence”: On retreat with the Aloka Vihara nuns, January 2015

Rev Konin Cardenas aka Samaneri Dhammadipa

“A Sima on Northern California Land”, A Visit to the Theravadan Nuns of Aloka Vihara, 2015

Marci Moberg

“An Interview with Ayya Santacitta”, SIM Newsletter, Winter 2014

Margo Mallar

“You Just Need to be Hungry”, Alliance for Bhikkhunis, December 2014

Mary King

“Jewels of the Sunset: Bhikkhuni Awaken in San Francisco”, Awakening Buddhist Women, December 2013

Matty Weingast

“The First Free Women”, Shambala, February 2020

Michael Sullivan

“The Female Monks of Thailand”, NPR, January 2018

Mindy Zlotnick

“I Will Not Pass Away Until… Reinstating the Buddha’s Vision of the Four-fold Sangha”, 1 hr video, 2016

Simone Brinkmann-Robinson

“Buddhist Voices”, Interview with Ayya Santacitta, 2015

Thanissara, Jitindriya & Cintamani

“The Time Has Come”, Buddhadharma, Summer 2010

Ute Huesken

“The Eight Garudhammas”, Dignity & Discipline, 2010