First Free Women – April 8, 2020

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A link to the video recording from this evening is below.

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The First Free Women:
Readings and Teachings by Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni

The beautiful enlightenment poems of the Elder Nuns of the Early Buddhist tradition have been preserved from 2600 years ago. Author Matty Weingast has rendered a fresh and alive version of these treasured poems in a new book called The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns. In it, the words of Tissa, Grandma Sumana, and Vijaya speak directly to our hearts and experience today with insight and compassion.

We are very fortunate to have Ayya Anandabodhi, a contemporary Bhikkhuni in the Theravadan Buddhist Tradition, ‘zooming’ in to our community April 8 to offer readings and teachings from this collection.

Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, and then moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women.

Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature’s pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011 she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path given by the Buddha.

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Please join us April 8 for this very special evening, 7:00-8:15 pm, live-streamed to Facebook or join us with Zoom.

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A video of the guided meditation and teachings is accessible on Facebook or YouTube, using the following links: