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Santacitta Bhikkhuni’s two statements on ‘The First Free Women’

As a co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery and one of the Aloka Vihara nuns who has been teaching from Matty Weingast’s book ‘The First Free Women’, i have issued the following two statements: an apology to my German speaking online group on March 2 and the following blog post on SuttaCentral’s D&D on June 1: my name is santacitta b and i am one of the co-founders of aloka…
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Further Thoughts on “The First Free Women”

As one of the Aloka Vihara nuns who has been teaching from Matty Weingast’s book “The First Free Women,” I issued an apology in March, and made another public statement two weeks ago. I hope that this clarifies my views about the nature of the material in the book, and the appropriate language to use when referring to it. I apologize for any confusion or pain that has been caused…
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The First Free Women ~ An apology and clarification

Some of you may know that a big storm erupted online around the book “The First Free Women”. These poems are dear to my heart, and I have put many hours of love and care into helping the book come into being, working alongside the author of the poems, Matty Weingast. Through unclear marketing by the publishers, and my own lack of clarity in presenting the poems, some people have…
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Sangha for Myanmar

  We stand in solidarity with the Myanmar Sangha and lay supporters who are putting their lives on the line to reclaim democracy in their country. Myanmar military are killing civilians in the streets, then wanting to offer alms to monastics in the hope of neutralizing their bad kamma (karma). Monastics who refuse to receive their offerings are being badly beaten. We join with monastics worldwide to show our support…
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Justice For Myanmar

Justice For Myanmar ~ The Movement For A Better Burma “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama  
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SIS monthly teachings with AVFM Nuns

The Aloka Vihara Nuns are offering monthly teachings in person again: Next meetings:  June 2 (Ayya Anandabodhi & Ayya Niyyanika)| July 7 (Ayya Ahimsa) | Aug 4 (Ayya Niyyanika) | Sept 1 (Ayya Anandabodhi) | Oct 6 |Nov 3 | Dec 1. Schedule for in person meetings outside at the Boeger Winery in Placerville: 6:00 pm:  Informal chat 6:30 pm: Meditation with some guidance 7:10 pm: Dhamma talk 7:40 pm:…
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Kitchen Manager Position at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery

Dear friends & supporters of Aloka Vihara, Warm greetings from all of us ~ we hope our message finds you well as we begin to emerge from these times of social distancing. All is well here at the vihara and we are in touch to let you know that our kitchen steward Maria will end her one year of service in mid-July. We are putting out the word to you…
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