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Bhikkhuni Center, Chiangmai, Thailand

Postby BudSas » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:06 am

Hi

I've come across this blog on a Bhikkhuni Center in Chiangmai, north of Thailand:



Reading the blog, I understand the bhikkhunis were ordained by Sri Lankan monks. Does anyone know much about this center and the Bhikkhuni Sangha there?

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Re: Bhikkhuni Center, Chiangmai, Thailand

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:10 am

Thank you Budsas for letting us know about this blog.
I am sorry I can't answer your questions.
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Re: Bhikkhuni Center, Chiangmai, Thailand

Postby Bankei » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:28 am

I don't know much either but hear that there are 30+ Bhikkhuni in Thailand now.
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Re: Bhikkhuni Center, Chiangmai, Thailand

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:00 pm

I knew about Ven. Dhammananda's temple - monastery in Thailand, but not this one. Or are they the same? If it is a different one, then it appears that Thailand is becoming more open to bhikkhunis (fully ordained) having centers and monasteries there. The full ordinations are almost all done in either Sri Lanka or the U.S., not Thailand, yet.

But the fact that they have monasteries there and practice so well and keep the Vinaya so well, is wonderful. One of the fears among some of the detractors has been that the bhikkhunis may not be protected well, may not receive support, or may not keep the bhikkhuni Patimokkha well. But all indication and evidence has been to the contrary.
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Re: Bhikkhuni Center, Chiangmai, Thailand

Postby Naga » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:42 pm

This is wonderful.
There are also a number of bhikkhuni staying at Wat Ram Poeng (also in Chiang Mai). One of them speaks excellent English and gives vipassana instruction to foreigners when the abbot is not present.

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Re: Bhikkhuni Center, Chiangmai, Thailand

Postby salmon » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:32 am

Hi Budsas,

I had the privilege of doing retreats there before they got their ordinations. Ajahn Rongduen is a fantastic teacher. What fascinated me most about her teachings is that she was able to explain almost the whole ahbidhamma teaching into a flowchart! (That's the chart you see in that blog) Unfortunately, everything is in Thai. And while Ajahn speaks some english, communication sometimes posed a problem.

Their basic meditation method is similar to the Mahasi style, emphasizing on awareness with every movement. They also use teaching aids related to the "Repulsiveness of bodies", mainly videos and posters. The only time the peace in that place is disturbed seems to be during big festivals like New Year's Eve. Other than that, it's really quiet and very conducive for solitude.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that this place is open for males, too. Except the male quarters is across the road in another clearing.
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